LADY'S SLIPPER ORCHID
DESCRIPTION: Height up to 50cm. The stem is sheathed within a group of up to five broad, strongly veined, alternate pale green leaves. The solitary flowers are striking to say the least with an inflated slipper-like yellow, unspurred lower lip. All other petals and sepals are long, wavy and maroon-purple except the upper one which is fairly broad. DISTRIBUTION: Down to one site in Yorkshire with several re-introductions elsewhere. HABITAT: Lime rich soils, woodlands and woodland edges. FLOWERING TIME: May to June.
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