Sunday 27 April 2014

Brian's Botanical Finds IV

The distinctive rosette of Lizard Orchid
Image: B. Laney
Another recent botanical find from Brian Laney is this Lizard Orchid. Brian says "The picture I have here is of a rosette that should flower at Sydlings Copse in Oxon in 2014. I was told another rosette has been found on the reserve that I missed!!!"

He adds " I have heard it has been refound in Bedfordshire. I have also heard that more sites for the species have been found in Kent including Queensdown Warren, where it had not been seen for thirty years. More sites have also come to light in Sussex." 

Distribution map for Lizard Orchid is here. You can zoom in and see which "squares" it has been recorded in, and when. BSBI members will be out this year trying to add more of those coloured squares on the map. Want to join us?


  1. Well done Brian. There were also 2 flowering at Lullingstone golf course last Summer in Kent.

  2. Many thanks David. I saw a few spikes at Lullingstone a few years back. I always enjoy coming to Kent to look at the Lizard orchid at the new sites it keeps popping up at in Kent. Been told of a few more sites in Kent for the species. Hope to re visit one year to have a look.

  3. Many thanks Dave. I saw a few spikes at Lullingstone Golf Course a few years back. I hope to come to Kent again one year as been told of more sites for the species including a central reservation site! It is always good to come to Kent and check out the new sites for the Lizard orchid. Would like to know where on Queensdown Warren it has come up.


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