A close-up of a Monkey Orchid(Orchis simia). The Monkey Orchid is most unusual for British orchids in that its flowers open from the top-down rather than the other way around.The flower has a small tail. It is made monkey like by the upturned ends to the side petals lobes of the lip.
A very rare species, the plants are currently found in a few locations in East Kent and Oxfordshire. It grows on well drained chalky soils with a sunny aspect on fields or the edges of woods and flowers towards the end of May and into early June.