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Monkey orchid

Flower spike of a monkey orchid

I found a few specimens of this rather messy-looking orchid when I was fiddling with the pipe that brings the spring water to the blue pig.

They’re on the bank just below the house and I would guess they like the cool because they only get the early morning sun there.

Lady orchids on the other hand seem to like full sun.

I’m confident these are monkey orchids, so called because the individual flowers look like little monkeys holding out their arms.  However there’s a lot of variation within the species and a lot of species that look similar!

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