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Heath Fragrant Orchid

Gymnadenia borealis

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:
30 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, mountains, roadsides.

Flower:
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Purple, 5 petals
 
The loosely flowered inflorescence is a flower spike consisting of up to 30 pinkish-purple flowers. The other species of Fragrant Orchid in the UK usually have more flowers on them.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule which produces several dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
A perennial plant with 3 to 5 basal leaves. The leaves are long, narrow, keeled and pointed. This is the shortest growing of the 3 Fragrant Orchids in the UK. Grows mainly in Scotland and Northern England.
Aroma:
The flowers are fragrant.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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