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Rare plant in Ancaster is under threat

Man Orchid at Ancaster
Man Orchid at Ancaster

The village of Ancaster has the unique distinction of being home to not just one of the rarest flowers in the UK, but to two rare and exotic plant species.

Much has been written previously about the extremely rare Tall Thrift, a species which cannot be found anywhere else in the country apart from Ancaster cemetery and the nearby Moor Closes nature reserve.

But less has been said about the Man Orchid, not quite so rare but still a very scarce species of flower, which can be found on the grass verge beside the A6403 at Ancaster.

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