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Some kind of Orchid?

Observed: 25th September 2008 By: smb74
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Lake District - September 2008 029
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This pink flower was seen growing beside one of the lakes in the Lake District.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) interacts


Chalkie's picture


Also known as Policeman's Helmet. (I can't think of any UK orchids that are much taller than knee height - but I can see how they do have an orchid-like look to them.)

smb74's picture

Thanks for your

Thanks for your identification and comments. I have never seen an orchid growing in the wild only in a book

Chalkie's picture

If you want to see a wild orchid...

Try your local county wildlife trust - they are very likely to have reserve open days when orchids are in flower - any time from now through to June, depending on the orchids. UK wild orchids are much smaller-flowered than shop ones from abroad, but I think they're far more thrilling to see. I first really got interested in wild flowers as a child, when I found a man orchid, purely by chance, near to my home (they are quite rare), and couldn't identify it, as it wasn't in my wild flower book. Imagine the thrill of finding a matching illustration when I visited the Natural History museum in London!

Happy flower hunting.

smb74's picture

Thanks Chalkie, I will

Thanks Chalkie, I will investigate your suggestion.

ShaunMorrison's picture


Highly invasive Himalayan Balsam. Ive spent many, many volunteer days hand pulling this to stop the spread.

anonymous spotter's picture

We found that goats -

are good for controlling it. The only problem was that they ate just about everything else first! Then, when it came down to a choice between the balsam and their own front legs, they ate it. But in heavily-infested areas, it was a good way of starting to tackle the problem.,