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Greater Butterfly Orchid

Platanthera chlorantha

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
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, meadows, woodland.

Flower:
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White, 4 petals
 
White spike sometimes with a hint of green and 2 petals appearing at right angles. Long undivided lip with a green tip and a long curved spur. Yellow pollen.
Fruit:
An upright capsule which contains the seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves are broad and elliptical. The upper leaves are smaller and more linear.
Aroma:
Vanilla-scented flowers.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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