EARLY SPI­DER ORCHID

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Each spring, those with a botan­i­cal bent ea­gerly await news of the start of the orchid sea­son. The species that kicks off events is al­most al­ways the Early Spi­der Orchid. This rel­a­tive of the com­moner, more wide­spread Bee Orchid, grows only on chalk down­land in south­ern Eng­land. The big­gest colonies lie in coastal Kent and Dorset, the most fa­mous flour­ish­ing on a spoil heap cre­ated by ex­ca­va­tion of the Euro­tun­nel.

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