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Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis

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Pyramidal Orchid Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis dylan Horfield Common 15 Jul 2022, 7:55 p.m. 11 Jul 2022, 3:56 p.m.
Pyramidal Orchid Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis dylan Beloe Road Allotments 17 Jun 2021, 8:38 p.m. 19 Jun 2021, 5:17 p.m.
Pyramidal Orchid Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis dylan Meadow 2 5 Aug 2021, 4:23 p.m. 4 Aug 2021, 4:56 p.m.
Pyramidal Orchid Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis dylan Beloe Road Allotments 17 Jun 2021, 8:38 p.m. 17 Jun 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Pyramidal Orchid Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis dylan Beloe Road Allotments 17 Jun 2021, 8:38 p.m. 17 Jun 2021, 8:20 p.m.
Pyramidal Orchid Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis dylan Beloe Road Allotments 17 Jun 2021, 8:38 p.m. 19 Jun 2021, 5:17 p.m.

Species Description

Widespread but generally rare and sporadic in the South, more scattered further North. In Bristol it is very rare but pops up from time to time in unusual places. Habitat includes: chalk / limestone grassland, meadows, sand dunes, roadside verges, railway banks, scrub, cliff tops, grikes of limestone pavement, wasteland, airfields, reservoirs, quarries, graveyards, gardens (I once recorded it in someones front garden), canals, marinas etc. Flowers: June to August. Growing habit: Perennial. Colonies are often short lived. This Orchid is unusual in that its leaves emerge in the Autumn, overwinter into spring then die back whilst flowering. Pollinators: Butterflies / Moths. Height: 10 to 25 cm (sometimes Up to 55 cm). It is the County flower of the Isle of White. The tuber is dried and ground to give a fine white powder known as 'salep'. A very nutritious, sweet and starch-like substance used in drinks, cereals, bread making, medicinally in diets for children and convalescents.