Rare Orchids Found on London Rooftop Garden

Eleven stories above London, the Small Flowered Tongue Orchid, Serapias parviflora, has found a home on the roof of a bank. Fifteen of the plants have bloomed on the green rooftop, which boasts 159 plant species living alongside solar panels. This is the first time that the Small Flowered Tongue Orchid has been seen in the UK since 1989. It’s more common to the south around the Mediterranean. Orchid seeds are tiny, and travel far with the wind, so they may have blown in from overseas. London’s green roofs are offering new habitats for continental arrivals.

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