This evening I popped out to a spot on the southern edge of Worting Woods just north west of Basingstoke to try to find the toothwort this year having failed last spring. I took my two year old grandson with me having shown him the illustration in my plant book. We found three spikes under hazel bushes and the identification was confirmed by my companion. The adjacent field is possibly zoned for housing development and I would be concerned that this sensitive species would survive.
|Lathraea squamaria (toothwort), parasitic on hazel|
|Ophrys speculum on Kalimnos, East Aegean. Rather atypical as the brown margin of the "abdomen" is tucked round behind the purple mirrored section|