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Orchid Family Orchidaceae


Orchids are usually striking flowers and much sought after by enthusiasts. They generally produce spikes of flowers and in some species they are in tight clusters whereas in other species they are more spread out. Some are fairly big, bold plants, others insignificant and easily overlooked. A diverse family!

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Recent Records Guidance Notes

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:

Common Spotted Orchid

Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Heath Spotted Orchid

Dactylorhiza maculata

Early Marsh Orchid

Dactylorhiza incarnata

Southern Marsh-orchid

Dactylorhiza praetermissa

Fragrant Orchid

Gymnadenia conopsea

Pyramidal Orchid

Anacamptis pyramidalis

Early Purple Orchid

Orchis mascula

Green-winged Orchid

Orchis morio

Musk Orchid

Herminium monorchis

Bog Orchid

Hammarbya paludosa

Frog Orchid

Coeloglossum viride

Common Twayblade

Neottia ovata

Greater Butterfly Orchid

Platanthera chlorantha

Bee Orchid

Ophrys apifera

Fly Orchid

Ophrys insectifera

Early Spider Orchid

Ophrys sphegodes

Autumn Ladys-tresses

Spiranthes spiralis

Marsh Helliborine

Epipactis palustris

White Helleborine

cephalanthera damasonium

Birdsnest Orchid

Neottia nidus-avis