Green-winged orchids at Oxley Meadow

IMG_4785There is nothing more beautiful than looking out across a meadow, with purple waves of green-winged orchids, in amongst the striking yellow of buttercups and the emerald green of the grass.IMG_4783

Green-winged orchid (Anacamptis morio)

IMG_0773Found in varying areas of England, Wales and Ireland, their glorious flowering spike usually occurs between May to June.

The flowers themselves are often purple-pink, but sometimes white. The lower lip of the petals are spotted and the upper part or hood is marked with green lines, which is how this plant got its name.

A beautiful plant it can however be misidentified as the early-purple orchid, which has spotted leaves, whereas the green-winged orchid does not.

 

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