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Greater Butterfly Orchid

Platanthera chlorantha

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The tubers can be eaten cooked. They are a source of 'salep' which is very nutritious. Salep is pale yellow and can be ground down into a powder. It smells unpleasant but has a sweet taste.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Vanilla-scented flowers.
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, meadows, woodland.