What is this?

What is this?

My brother, sent me this pic, could have done with a close up as well. however for you botanistists out there, it is an orchid? of some type, at Peel park near East Kilbride. Suggestion (from my brother) is early purple orchid?

One Response to “orchid but which one?”

  1. Ian June 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    looks like an early purple orchid, it has the necessary basal leaves. They prefer calcareous soil (I read) not a common type in Scotland. However Peel park? maybe some man made ground with bricks, mortar and plaster underneath. Not far from the SEPA HQ either, headline ” a chance encounter with a blog site led SEPA inspectors to an illegal ……..”
    Plants can communicate ! usually they say “can’t keep up with all this CO2”

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