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 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
Frog Orchids (Coeloglossum viride)
are most common
on coastal grassland.
Gymnodenia conopsea (Fragrant Orchid)
may smell of cloves.
this one is Marsh Fragrant Orchid.
Other Wild Flowers
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