West Highland Flora

Frog Orchid

Coeloglossum viride

Name may change to Dactylorhiza viride

Coeloglossum viride

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 Druim an Aonaich, Raasay
Inflorescence c 4.5 cm high

Uncommon in alkaline grassland or on rock ledges

Height c 10-30 cm.  Flower c 3-5 mm wide.

ID: All sepals and petals form a streaky greenish or brownish hood, apart from the lowest petal which forms a greenish or brownish hanging strap about 4-8 mm long, three-lobed at the tip.  (Flowers in picture on left are past their best and lip has fallen off but distinctive hood remains)

Other features: Flowers have very short spur, c 2 mm.  Lower leaves broad, upper narrower, all leaves unspotted.

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