|Doesn't look like much, but it's an amazing place!|
They are one of the few plants that contain no chlorophyll, forming a parasitic relationship with fungi to obtain their nutrients.
Yellow bird's nests and helleborines are both indicators for probably our rarest wildflower, the ghost orchid. They were last seen in the 1990's, about 15 miles away, near Marlow, so the chances they'll appear here are slim. Still worth a look though later in the year and I'm sure that if they're going to grow anywhere around here, it would be right here. We hunt for them every year and will have another look this year. Now that would be the find of a lifetime!
The yellow bird's nests are not to be confused with bird's nest orchids, which also contain no chlorophyll. They're different plants and the yellow bird's nests are not orchids, although there are some bird's nest orchids growing in the same area.
|Bird's nest orchids|
|Bird's nest orchid|
|Common spotted orchids|