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Marsh Fragrant Orchid & Marsh Helleborine

I made an early start this morning, and on the way to a job in reading called in to Mapledurwell Fen next to the M3 at Basingstoke.

According to the Natural England SSSI citation (http://www.sssi.naturalengland.org.uk/special/sssi/sssi_details.cfm?sssi_id=1001308), “Mapledurwell Fen is an extraordinarily rich site which is the last relict of a formerly  much more  extensive  area  of  similar vegetation  largely  lost  to  drainage  and  motorway  construction.  The  site  holds  one  of  the richest  known  associations  of  fen  species  in  central  southern  England.”

I called in at this site to photograph the Marsh Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea ssp. densiflora) and some pale flowered Marsh Helleborines (Epipactis  palustris var. ocroleuca).

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Marsh Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea ssp. densiflora)

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Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris var. ocroleuca)

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Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris var. ocroleuca)

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Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris var. ocroleuca)