West Highland Flora

Fragrant Orchid


Gymnadenia conopsea

 

Gymnadenia conopsea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Penifiler, Skye
Lowest fl 11 mm across at widest

Frequent among heather or in damp grassland.

Height c 15-35 cm.  Lowest petal of flower c 4-6 mm across.

ID: Spur (long narrow pink extension behind flower) almost twice as long as ovary (thicker green extension behind flower).  The two side petals are horizontal or slightly deflexed, not spreading upwards.

Other features: Very fragrant.  Leaves narrower than other common orchids, and not spotted.  Bracts about as long as flowers.  Lowest petal divided into 3 shallow lobes that are not toothed or wavy-edged.

 

Gymnadenia conopsea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Penifiler, Skye
Plant 17 cm high

  Gymnadenia conopsea

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Penifiler, Skye
Lowest fl 11 mm across at widest

Above: Showing the very long spurs

Left: Showing the narrow leaf


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