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MILITARY ORCHID Orchis militaris (Height to 45cm) is a stately orchid whose individual flowers are superficially similar to those of the Monkey Orchid, differing in their shorter ‘legs’ and ‘arms’; the flower spike opens from the bottom upwards (May-Jun). Military Orchids were formerly quite widespread in the Chilterns but are now restricted to just a couple of sites, along with a location in Suffolk.
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MILITARY ORCHID Orchis militaris (Height to 45cm) is a stately orchid whose individual flowers are superficially similar to those of the Monkey Orchid, differing in their shorter ‘legs’ and ‘arms’; the flower spike opens from the bottom upwards (May-Jun). Military Orchids were formerly quite widespread in the Chilterns but are now restricted to just a couple of sites, along with a location in Suffolk.

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Date: 28 May 2006
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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