|Basal leaf structure in E. Schmalhauseneii showing the purple staining.|
also see another example below, but this time on green (helliborine) influenced stem.
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|Specimens 15 and 16 (hybrids)|
With the addition of these two new specimens it brings a grand total of the rare hybrid on the Hutton Roof complex to at least 15 considered definite with several more which "the jury are out on at present".
Other beautiful special specimens of the Dark Red Helliborine (epipactis atrorubens) were also seen and recorded.
Its now changing over to the time when I go out searching and recording the Broad Leaved Helliborines (epipactis helliborine). Usually if I look hard and long for these I can sometimes find the beautiful rare viridiflora and purpurea variants.
|Recording the many sites is all part of the monitoring|
Earlier that day (Friday last), I had spent most of the day with the Arnside Naturalist up on the Hutton Roof complex and we did manage to see lots of really interesting stuff. The highlight had to be the Holly Ferns and the Green and Black Spleenworts and the rare Birds Foot Sedge and later coming down the pavements we
|Note the translucent dots in the leaf of the Montanum|
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|"The Old Soldier"|
I showed the party "The Old Soldier" which is natural limestone sculpture found on the Crags, but prior to the walk I also showed them photos of it and especially the "enhanced version" (shown here) to try and pick out the "features of the bedraggled face" with its battle scars, but still enjoying smoking his pipe. You do not see the feature until water is poured over the face which then brings out the highlights.
Probably another special highlight had to be the "Raging Sea pavement" high on the Common. After combating the struggle to gain access to the hidden pavement, everyone seemed so impressed with the fabulous "turbulence" portrayed within its many features, especially the twenty or more "depression holes" showing the runnel features to all sides of each individual "black holes" which where spread out at various sections of the magnificent feature.
|The Raging Sea Pavement with its 20 plus Runnel holes|