Conical, with brown fern-like scales, growing in a grazed field. No other specimens to be seen.
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They are parasitic plants and id. is helped by knowing what the hostplant is. Could these have been growing on roots of gorse?
It certainly looks like an Orobanche and the size suggests O. rapum-genistae which occurs in this area. I have only seen it once when it was fully mature. It grows on gorse, so John Bratton is thinking the same, presumably.
There was plenty of gorse scrub at the field boundary, so that seems to settle it - the Orobanche was growing a good ten or so metres away, though gorse roots can apparently form quite extensive systems. Thanks, I'll keep an eye its development.
...or it's growing on an old gorse stump.
The Botanical Society county recorder is interested in contacting you about this plant. How can he get in touch, please? He is not an i-Spot user.
Lat/Lng: 52.3, -4.1
OS grid ref: SN5977