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Military Orchid

Orchis militaris

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.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
45 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, scrub, woodland.

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Flower spikes. The flowers are dark pink or purple. The hood (called the 'soldier's helmet') is paler than the lip. The lip is about 15mm across. Pollinated by bees, butterflies and moths.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule. It produces many dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves are oblong to lanceolate, up to 18cm (7 inches) in length. They are unspotted.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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