Some of our orchids are
common, others rare and found
in only a few specialised
localities. A few are just difficult
to find even in known localities.
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Irish Ladies Tresses(Spiranthes romanzoffiana)
is rare,but occurs around Lough Neagh.
Numbers in known sites
vary widely from year to year.
Orchis morio(Green winged Orchid) is limited to a
few sq.yds at Killard.The orchid is normally purple
but the beautiful variant left also grows at Killard.
Listera cordata (Lesser Twayblade) is found
in dry basic or neutral grassland.
Epipactus palustris (Marsh Helleborine) is limited to
two very vulnerable sites in Co.Tyrone.
Neottia nidus-avia (Birds Nest Orchid) is perhaps
more common in mid Tyrone than supposed
-hard to do it justice in a photograph.
Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramidal Orchid) is
photogenic,and fairly common
in coastal dunes.
Bee Orchids have one site near Cookstown
and two near Dungannon,all are abandoned quarries.
Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)
found occasionally in peaty
grassland in Tyrone.
Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted Orchid)
is common in upland grassland.
Photographed on ‘The Burren’,Co.Clare.
I haven’t done it justice and should go back.
Greater Butterfly Orchids are often found in
dry slightly impoverished grassland
Dactylorhiza purpurella (Northern Marsh Orchid)
occurs occasionally inland, but is more common
near the coast.The magenta flower spike is
Frog Orchids (Coeloglossum viride)
are most common
on coastal grassland.
Gymnodenia conopsea (Fragrant Orchid)
smells of cloves.There are two forms-
this one-the Marsh Fragrant Orchid.
Other Wild Flowers