pyramidal orchids flower in June and July, and grow 30-60cms tall

so-called because of the obvious rounded pyramid shape to the young flowering spike, which becomes more cylindrical or egg-shaped as it develops

has bright, dense pretty pink to purple flowers - occasionally pure white pyramidal orchids can be spotted but these are quite rare

favours our milder climate and chalk grasslands but in recent times has also been found by roadsides and on brownfield sites

the seeds do not contain enough nutrients to produce leaves and flowers initially. To make up for this, the seed relies on fungus in the soil to provide nourishment. This underground fungus-root relationship can take several years to develop before the plant is ready to send up leaves and flowers

Please remember orchids are protected by law and it can be illegal to uproot wild plants. If you would like to tell Sussex Wildlife Trust about the nature you see or hear please visit the wildlife advice pages on our website.

Alternatively if you have a wildlife query ring Sussex Wildlife Trust's Informaiton Hotline - Wild Call - on 01273 494777

Article supplied by Sussex Wildlife Trust