Solitary plant growing on unimproved chalk grassland.
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Hello Mark - I've been trying to work out what this is for a long time but I really don't think it's clover!!
... on the nature of the foliage?
It's been sitting in my "to be identified" folder for ages but I can't recall any more specifics unfortunately. I've added the only other photo I have of it which is not great.
I can't think of a better identification than a pauciflorous Trifolium repens head.
Oxytropis, which looks similar florally, can be ruled out on habitat and distribution grounds, even though we don't have the foliage on which to base a determination.
I'm probably pushing it too far but the plant in front of this flower looks like a young bee orchid to me.
.. but the flower certainly looks like something in the pea family.
In the second photo, there appears to be a blackened split pod: or it could be unrelated.
Sorry, can't help!
How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
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Lat/Lng: 51.0, -1.0
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