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163 southern marsh orchids
Observed: 13th June 2013 By: terrycrynant
Added: 23rd June 2013
The first photo shows a boggy area with 163 southern marsh orchid flower spikes in a sea of buttercups.The third photo is the same area the next day after the mower had been over it.Four survived. This mowing has happened for the last 10 years just as the flower spikes are opening.The plants will put up a second spike just in time to catch the second mowing this area gets in the summer.This treatment has not resulted in the orchids diminishing in number.When I first noticed them 10 years ago there were only 5 plants ,this year I counted 163 before the mower struck.