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'Extinct' ghost orchid found in Herefordshire wood

Ghost orchid
The ghost orchid has been reclassified as "critically endangered"

A rare wildflower has been found in Herefordshire.

A ghost orchid, a pale plant with no leaves, has been found in an oak wood in the county.

Plantlife, a conservation charity, had thought the flower to be extinct in the UK, as the last recorded sighting was in Buckinghamshire in 1986.

A spokesman said the sighting was wonderful news but added one plant did not mean the species was growing in great numbers.

He added the plant had now been reclassified as critically endangered rather than extinct.

The orchid's location is being kept secret.

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