Well, that’s a posh title for a post isn’t it? it is to make up for my ignorance. Following a discussion with 1snowbird about Indian Pipe plants. I claimed that I didn’t know of any such plants in the UK. Actually the statement was true, indeed I know very little of anything.
There are similar plants in Europe. The Bird’s Nest Orchid has no chlorophyll and uses a fungus within its roots to
break down other plant material for nutrition. It is a yellowish brown colour. I managed to find a nice illustration of one from Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé’s 1885 book; Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. If you can read German, it can be found here. A similar species is Broomrape, but I suggest you google it by the Latin; Orobanche Minor.
The only orchid I have seen in Credenhill Park Wood is the Early Purple Orchid, but I shall try to be more observant.