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Flower  Green-Winged Orchids

Green-Winged Orchids - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Orchis morio

Size: Grows to a height of around 30cms.

Distribution: Found in central and southern England. Rare in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Flowering months: May to June.

Habitat: Meadows, especially on chalky soils.

Special features: Sometimes called "green-veined orchid" This plant looks very similar to the early purple orchid (Orchis mascula), except the leaves of the green-winged orchid have no spots or blotches.

Click for a better viewClose up the flower showing its three-lobed lip. Each flower has a long spur at the back which holds the nectar to attract insects.

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