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 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 striking.
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.