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MAN ORCHID Aceras anthropophorum (Orchidaceae) Height to 30cm. Intriguing and distinctive orchid of calcareous grassland and scrub. FLOWERS are fancifully man-like, with a pronounced green hood (comprising sepals and upper petals) an elongated, 4-lobed lip (12-15mm long) and a spur; borne in tall, dense spikes (May-Jun). FRUITS form and swell at base of flowers. LEAVES are oval, fresh green and form a basal rosette, and sheath the lower part of the flowering stem. STATUS-Local, and restricted to SE England, where it occurs as isolated colonies.
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