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Common Twayblade

Neottia ovata

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, 2 petals
 
As with most Orchid species, the flowers are positioned on long erect spikes. The slender spikes of the Common Twayblade can contain as many as 50 flowers each. The flowers are lime green to yellow in colour and the tips of the flowers are deeply notched.
Fruit:
An erect, egg-shaped capsule containing numerous dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
2 stalkless, opposite leaves near the bottom of an erect stem. The toothless leaves are very wide, oval and have parallel veins.
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Other Names:
Eggleaf Twayblade, European Common Twayblade.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Habitats:
Bogs, grassland, meadows, moorland, sand dunes, scrub, swamps, woodland.