I stumbled across this flower yesterday whilst on my way to (yet another 🙂 ) Wheatfield. It was situated in a field where horses have been kept in the past, but which is currently full of wildflowers and long grasses.
On the way back home I decided to stop and photograph some of the interesting wildflowers in this field, when this flower caught my eye. It was the only one of its type in the whole field which aroused even more curiosity. Photographs were particular difficult to take yesterday as the wind was extraordinarily strong but I managed to take a few for identification purposes. It didn’t take too long – via the internet – to discover that it was a wild orchid – a Pyramidal orchid or Anacamptis Pyramidalis. I read that it’s not one of the rarer types but can be found in various sites across England and Wales. It looks as if it is starting to fade, as the lower petals have turned brown – in a week or so it will have disappeared altogether.
I’d never really taken an interest in these plants before and knew very little about them. I found out fairly recently that people go on the look-out for wild orchids but it had never occurred to me that I might stumble across one – I wouldn’t have known what one might look like, although there are lots of different types. It has certainly aroused a bit of curiosity in me now and I’ll be on the look-out myself.
This particular orchid can be found in grassy places – particularly in chalky areas, and is the County Flower of the Isle of Wight. Orchids have a quite complicated relationship with fungi and this species needs a specific fungus in the soil in order to bloom.