Merry Christmas 2020

 It's Christmas Day as I publish this blog. It's been a horrible year with Covid-19 restricting movement and later infecting us and making us ill. However, enough of that. Here's a selection of some of the UK wild orchids I found in this and previous years to hopefully bring you some Christmas cheer and to look forward to a Happy New Year to come.

I hope you like them.

In alphabetical (latin name) order:

 Anacamptis morio

Green-winged orchid






Anacamptis pyramidalis

Pyramidal Orchid

Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Common spotted orchid











Dactylorhiza praetermissa

Southern marsh orchid






Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp coccinea

Early marsh orchid

Cephalanthera damasonium

White Helleborine


Epipactis helleborine

Broad-leaved helleborine



Epipactis palustris

Marsh helleborine

Gymnadenia conopsea

Chalk fragrant orchid

Herminium monorchris

Musk orchid

Himantoglossum hircinum

Lizard orchid

Liparis loeselii

Fen orchid

Neotinea ustulata var aestivalis
Burnt orchid







Neottia nidus-avis

Birds nest orchid

Ophrys - fuciflora, apifera, sphegodes, insectifera

Late Spider, Bee, Early Spider, Fly orchids

Orchis anthropophora
Man orchid

Orchis mascula

Early purple orchid

Orchis purpurea

Lady orchid









Orchis simia

Monkey orchid










Platanthera bifolia

Lesser butterfly orchid











Pseudorchis albida

Small white orchid

Spiranthes spirales

Autumn lady's tresses

I hope you liked the selection of some of our wild orchids above. There are lots more species in the UK too including a plethora of hybrids, such as this D. x mixtum (Frog x CSO).

Happy Christmas

With best wishes from Dave


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