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Flower  Twayblade

Twayblade Orchid - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Listera ovata

Size: Grows up to 30cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: May to July.

Habitat: Damp meadows and woodlands.

Special features: The twayblade is our commonest orchid. The name comes from the two broad leaves (tway blades) at ground level.

Twayblade flowers - Click for a better viewThe flowers are often overlooked as they are green in colour. Up to 100 appear on a single stem which shoots up from between the two leaves.

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