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Musk Orchid

Herminium monorchis

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:
15 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland.

Flower:
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Green, 4 petals
 
The inflorescence consists of a dense flower spike of bell-shaped, yellowish-green flowers. Individual flowers are about 6 to 8mm across. The lip is not spurred and measures about 3 or 4mm across. It has 2 short basal lobes. The flowers angle downwards from the stem of the plant.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule which produces many dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
Each plant has 2 or 3 broad, keeled, blunt-tipped basal leaves. The plant is very well camouflaged and difficult to spot. The entire plant is a yellowish-green colour. No other colours are present.
Aroma:
The flowers smell strongly of honey, not musk as it's name suggests.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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