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QUERY: Names for early purple-orchid

SYNOR 006Irene Palmer is interested in local names for early purple-orchid (Orchis mascula). The Local Names page on this website lists approximately 150 such names (it’s difficult to give a precise figure since many of the names listed appear to be minor variants of other names). Any additional names, comments on the distribution of names, or explanations of any of the names would be greatly appreciated.

Response
In this part of Buckinghamshire early purple-orchid was known as cuckoos [John Reed, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, September 2012].

Image: Synderford, Thorncombe, Dorset; May 2016.

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