Greater Butterfly Orchid
Leaves and Stem
There are two big basal leaves, which are quite broad and shiny and smaller, narrower leaves along the stem.
Flowers and Fruits
There may be up to 40 flowers along the flowering spike (see larger image below).
The flowers are produced in June and July 9in the U.K.).
Ecology and other notes
The greater butterfly orchid tends to ‘prefer’ calcium rich soils (such as chalk grassland), but is also to be found in meadows and woodlands - especially along rides, in clearings and along woodland edges.
The flowers emit a vanilla-like scent in the late evening / night.
The plant varies considerably in height, from 10 inches (25 cm) up to 2 ft (60 cm).
Photos © A Bennett