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Author Topic: dactylorhiza - ability to colonise  (Read 1002 times)

Vinny 123

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dactylorhiza - ability to colonise
« on: April 23, 2022, 09:41:23 PM »
Dactylorhiza are actually all but invasive once you have one. I suspect that the ones here started from an SRGC seed distribution pack (which were sown, produced nothing, thrown out and then noticed a year or so later....).

About 4 years back there was one nursery at the Chatsworth RHS show/sale event that had them in numerous of their sales plants - I recognised them as large seed/spore-lings and was told that their nusery had them everywhere.

Some of the slip roads on and off busy A roads around here were smothered in them until a couple of years ago - one in particular had a population of very deep-purple-flowered plants. The maintenance of the areas seems not to have changed but I have looked while driving past recently and nothing is obvious again this year, but maybe it is a few weeks early to be certain as yet. Hopefully they will reappear in 2022 - almost no-one will notice, but they are/were spectacular.

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Re: dactylorhiza - ability to colonise
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2022, 11:54:22 AM »
I,ve seen Dactylorhiza growing wild in many habitats, including power station pulverised coal dumps where nothing else was growing.

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Re: dactylorhiza - ability to colonise
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2022, 08:18:45 PM »
This topic has been moved to Pleione and Orchidaceae.........

 A couple of posts arising from  discussion in this thread - https://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12369.msg427189#msg427189    - about the abilty of dactylorhiza orchids to colonise an area they find appropriate!
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