West Highland Flora

Small White Orchid

Pseudorchis albida

Former name: Leucorchis albida

Pseudorchis albida

Photo Patrick Butler

Infrequent on dry moorland.

Plant c 12-30 cm tall.  Flowers c 4-5 mm across

ID: Lowest petal 3-lobed, divided to more than halfway, and spur (tubular continuation of flower behind point of attachment) no longer than 3mm, distinguishes it from any other whitish Skye orchid.

Other features: A small compact flowerhead, with the yellowish-white flowers somewhat drooping and turned to the side.  The upper two petals and three sepals form a hood.

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