Little and Large

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Broad-leaved Helleborine
A surprisingly common Orchid found throughout the Mersey valley. One of those plants that unless you know what you’re looking for is easily missed. Also known perhaps harshly as the weed Helleborine. This one was found in Northern Moor growing in heavy shade. With it being a relatively wet summer most of the Helleborines appear to have flowered and set seed successfully.
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Giant Puffball.
Apparently edible and in some areas considered to be a delicacy. This one was in the process of being devoured by the local wildlife. Considered to be amongst the most prolific fungi with the total number of spores produced by a single, average-sized fruitbody estimated at around 7 trillion !
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Mmmm….. delicious or perhaps not!