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Lizard Orchid

Himantoglossum hircinum

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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:
70 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, roadsides, sand dunes, scrub, woodland.

Flower:
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Green, 5 petals
 
A raggedy-looking, dense flower spike of pale green flowers, tinged purplish-grey. Flowers have a twisted tongue, up to 2 inches (5cm) long. Short spur. Pollinated by bees.
Fruit:
The fruit is a 3-parted capsule which produces many dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
Long, narrow leaves, mottled purple, up to 20cm (8 inches) long.
Aroma:
The flowers unpleasantly smell of male goats.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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