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Three of a Kind

By Terry L    
Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula Taken at Parkgate Down, Kent

As its name suggests, the Early Purple Orchid is one of our earliest flowering orchids, appearing from April to June. This orchid is often found in habitats with non-acidic soils such as hedgerows, banks, ancient woodland and open grassland. The pinkish-purple flowers appear on a spike of medium height.
Early Purple Orchids display up to 50 dark purple flowers arranged in a dense, cone-shaped cluster on a tall spike. The lower lip of each flower has three lobes and the upper petals form a hood. The leaves of the Early Purple Orchid are glossy and dark green with dark spots, and form a rosette on the ground.

Tags: Kent Early Purple Orchid Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

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Mike_Young Plus
14 27 11 United Kingdom
15 May 2015 9:01AM
Does it for me Terry, lovely
15 May 2015 9:02AM
Beautiful Terry..Lin
paulknight 10 2 9 New Zealand
15 May 2015 9:14AM
So well taken. Lovely composition, colour and background
franken Plus
18 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2015 9:18AM
Lovely work.
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
15 May 2015 9:59AM
Gorgeous - wish it were mine!
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DonMc 12 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2015 10:23AM
Lovely composition and image Terry!SmileSmileSmile
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
15 May 2015 11:20AM
Superbly composed and captured with lots of appeal.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
15 May 2015 11:59AM
terryxc 8 7 England
15 May 2015 12:27PM
Fantastic image and great write up...

Rev2 10 302 2 England
15 May 2015 5:59PM
A stunning shot.
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
15 May 2015 6:04PM
Sweet trio, Terry...

Maiwand 13 3 73 England
15 May 2015 7:50PM
Excellent POV Terry.GrinGrinGrinGrin
cabbie Plus
13 31 United Kingdom
15 May 2015 8:06PM
Lovely work Terry

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
15 May 2015 9:09PM
Spectacular plants and beautifully togged!
15 May 2015 11:45PM
Beautiful work Terry.
17 May 2015 10:50PM
A trio of real beauties, Terry.......excellent photo!!!!!

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