Broad-leaved helleborine at Hembury Woods

I was at Hembury Woods yesterday and saw this orchid by the path. Our Ranger John Wales has corralled it with a ring of cut bracken to stop it being inadvertently trampled by visitors.

Broad leaved helleborine 1
 It is a broad-leaved helleborine

Broad leaved helleborine 2
Beautiful pink flowers

Broad leaved helleborine 3Very few orchids are common and broad-leaved helleborine certainly isn’t. It is a widely distributed species but is usually hard to find and it is rarely abundant. Deer often eat them before they get to this stage.

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