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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Orchid Gallery

Marsh Helleborine.
Irish Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana) is rare,but occurs around Lough Neagh. Numbers vary widely from year to year.
Orchis morio (Green winged Orchid) limited to a few sq.yds at Killard. The orchid,normally purple has a beautiful variety (on left) also growing at Killard.
Listera cordata (Lesser Twayblade) is found in dry basic or neutral grassland.
Epipactus palustris (Marsh Helleborine) limited to two very vulnerable sites in Co.Tyrone.
Neottia nidus-avia (Birds Nest Orchid) is more common in mid-Tyrone than most areas - 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 abandoned quarries.
Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia) 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 inland but more common near the coast.The magenta flower spike is striking.
Frog Orchids (Coeloglossum viride) are most common on coastal grassland.
Gymnodenia conopsea (Fragrant Orchid) may smell of cloves. this one is Marsh Fragrant Orchid.