Lax-flowered Tongue Orchid, Serapias bergonii , Suffolk, 5 June 2022

Last year I was tipped off about the amazing find of Small-flowered Tongue Orchid in deepest Suffolk. It was late in the season however and the 2 plants were almost over. Identification was thought to be almost certain but this year they have popped up again and their id is now thought to be Lax-flowered Tongue Orchid! Regardless of it's origin (they are native as close as Italy) it will constitute the first UK record of this species if and when it is 'officially' confirmed.

There are 2 plants again, one had sadly been nibbled and looks very sad. The other however is magnificent!

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