Sunday, May 17, 2009

Twayblade found

This rare orchid has been found on the IoM after 128 years. Thought to have been extinct, the Lesser Twayblade (Neottia cordata) has been found growing on land owned by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in the southern hills. It grows in bogs where the conditions are acidic and wet. The discovery was made by volunteers of a new project to identify and record plants in the Island with the aim of publishing an update to the Flora of the Isle of Man, produced by botanist, David Allen, in 1984.

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