Rare bee orchid discovered growing outside Sheffield business

A rare type of orchid has been discovered growing outside a distribution firm in Sheffield.

Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 2:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 2:58 pm
The bee orchid has been spotted growing outside Menzies Distribution in Tinsley

The bee orchid gets its name because it mimics the appearance and smell of a female bee which encourages male bees to fly in to try to mate with it, inadvertently getting covered in pollen which it then passes from flower to flower.

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Unfortunately, the right bee species don’t live in the UK so it is completely self-pollinated in this country and is scarcer in the north.

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It has, however, now been spotted growing outside the main entrance of Menzies Distribution, on Shepcote Business Park, in Tinsley.

The stem has a number of relatively large pink flowers that look like wings, and furry, brown lips that have yellow markings on, just like a bee.

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