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Cheeky Monkeys...

By Greyheron
A pair of Monkey Orchids - Orchis simia, photographed on the Kent Downs at Parkgate earlier this year.

The Monkey Orchid grows to between 15-30cm tall and has 4-6 pale green-to-white basal leaves with a few smaller leaves clasping the upper stem. Each flower head carries between 15-55 flowers which, unlike other Orchids, opens from the top of the spike downwards. The upper sepals and petals are white veined with pink and form a hood over the lip of the flower. The lip is three-lobed, and white marked with pink dots. The lip divides further into secondary lobes which are curly and project in all directions - the 'limbs of the monkey'.

Very rare in the UK and confined to only three sites, two in Kent and one in Oxfordshire. The Monkey Orchid favours full sun to mid-shade on dryish calcareous soils and occasionally appears in open woodland.

Always a joy to see and photograph these beautiful plants... Smile

Tags: Kent Plant Flower Orchid Flowers and plants Monkey orchid Parkgate Wildlife and nature GX7 Orchis simia Mike taylor

Voters: Alan_Baseley, jovanovic, M_squared and 48 more

Comments


Richsr 12 91 223 England
4 Oct 2015 10:39PM
A good find and image of them Mike.
Regards Richard.

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taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
5 Oct 2015 12:49AM
The monkeys are beautiful plants, beautifully photographed!
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
5 Oct 2015 6:09AM
A beautiful image, Mike, pretty common here during the Spring months.
Bantu 6 7 1 India
5 Oct 2015 6:59AM
Lovely focus and capture.

Vikram
5 Oct 2015 7:37AM
Fabulous image Mike, excellent dof.

JohnSmile
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2015 8:31AM
Excellent find and capture of these rarities Mike.
Peter
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
5 Oct 2015 11:15AM
Brilliant image and presentation Mike. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
Terry L 16 609 5 England
5 Oct 2015 1:05PM
A fine reminder of the summer just passed, excellent work Mike.

Terry
Fabulous image
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
5 Oct 2015 5:24PM
Beautiful pair Mike - lovely detail.
Brian.
jasonrwl Plus
9 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2015 7:27PM
Absolutely brilliant Mike - great write up too
Jason
Greyheron 17 282 7 England
5 Oct 2015 11:44PM
Many thanks for your wonderful words and support Smile

John and Jason, my grateful thanks for your valued User Awards - very much appreciated ... Smile

Mike
DonMc 11 3 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2015 9:38PM
Fantastic to have your well written information to go with this lovely image Mike!SmileSmileSmile
Regards, Don
Greyheron 17 282 7 England
6 Oct 2015 9:46PM
Very kind of you to give your User Award, Don, my grateful thanks to you Smile

Mike

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