Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Albiflora - (or Albino) A pale variety of Atrorubens



The first photo taken of the rare "Albiflora" on 1st July 2016
Shows how it is nestled down the gryke


The second photo showing the Albiflora taken on 1st July 2016 (Click over to enlarge)


This photo was taken one week later on the 7th July 2016 by Graham Preston

Epipactis atrorubens var albiflora - both photos kindly shared by Grahame Preston (taken on 7th July 2016) (Please click over to enlarge)

I found this solitary specimen on or around the 1st July 2016.  It has been confirmed by several orchid authorities as a "Albiflora" atrorubens variant, and very rare indeed.  In fact this is the very first ever recorded within England found on carboniferous limestone.

I found the plant low down within the grykes, it stood at about 10" high and had these three flowers (seen above in photo), plus more in closed bud higher up the stem.  Sadly these higher buds actually turned black along with the upper stem which did not make it and the plant died prematurely.

Its also interesting follow up reading at the following website: http://www.albiflora.eu/blog/?page_id=1134

2017 UPDATE - The plant has remained caged and did come through again in 2017 but never achieved maturity. The plant grew to about 6" high and did not produce any flowerhead just leaves and that is the way it remained throughout the 2017 season.  Also the leaf edge profile has been checked on this specimen (20th Aug 2017) which show it as 100% atroruben profile.


Albiflora on 17th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)
And this is as good as it got!
2018 UPDATE - The plant has remained caged and did come through yet again in 2018 but never achieved maturity again.  The plant did grow a little taller to about 8" high and did not produce any flowerhead just leaves and that is the way it has remained. Surprised to see so much red in the lower stem.

Albiflora 2018