|Dark Green Fritillary (Click over to enlarge)|
As if struck down to die
|Northern Bedstraw (Click over to enlarge)|
|This years beautiful Schmalhausenenii No. 5a come through in tandem (Click over photo to enlarge)|
|Photo shows Schmal No.19 and 20 (Click over to enlarge)|
|Specimen No.56 (Click over to enlarge)|
|A beautiful atrorubens (Click over to enlarge)|
Beech Fern (Click over to enlarge)
|No.55 Epipactis atrorubens (Click over to enlarge)|
As part of my Epipactis rounds this morning, this lovely speciman is usually the first plant I make for, I have it on record for the past three years (2014,2015,2016). When I first found the plant in 2014 it was only about 10" high, and by last year it came through at 14" whereby this year it has increased even further in size to 18" and bears 21 fabulous looking flowers. It is a very special plant with many very light features especially the striking lemon coloured petals. In 2014 I labelled it of the "Lutescens" variety (or palens which could be correct) however because of the continuing growth of the plant I have decided it best for now at least to relabel it to Specimen No.55 and classified it as a "Lemon Petalled Variant". It has now been showing at its very best and been out for over one week. Close by to this plant are several more which are also likely to take on this "Lemon Petalled" feature which may or may not be just has strong has in this particular specimen. These other plants are estimated to be about one week off their best.
I have only found the Lemon Petalled variety on Hutton Roof since 2014 and since then it seems to be spreading throughout the area. I thought at first it had something to do with a local mineral situation but I am finding these in several different areas and not in just one particular area (although one area does have far more than the rest), although I have found specimens on at least three separate pavements over a area of some one mile apart in distance.
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|It's nice now and again to show a photo of a "almost" straight forward Atrorubens (Click over to enlarge)|
|Another Schmal in progress - first recorded last year (2015) and this is how it is so far this year|
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Hopefully more news on Epipactis and the Schmals over the coming days, please come back