LETTER: Clues to different types of orchid

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Your last issue carried a picture of an unknown orchid.

I thought I could make out some spots on the leaves, so I think it could be a common spotted orchid or a heath spotted orchid.

They like different soils, so if the soil where it is growing is calcareous, it is likely to be the former, and if it is acid, it may be the latter.

However, according to my book on orchids, both varieties can hybridise with other orchids, which then makes identification more difficult.


High Street, Upper Beeding


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