Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Co.Cork

Pyramidal Orchid
Anacamptis pyramidalis
Magairlín na stuaice
Family: Orchidaceae

Flowering time: June-August. Perennial. Native.

Short, very dense conical or dome-shaped spikes of rose-pink flowers, not scented. Flowers occasionally paler pink. Labellum deeply 3-lobed, 2 prominent raised ridges at base of lip. Unspotted leaves, linear-lanceolate, pointed, decreasing in size up stem. Slender stems growing from 2 underground tubers. Height: 25-40cm.

Calcareous ground, dunes, grassland, banks.
Most frequent in central Ireland.

Photographs above: Co.Cork. June 2007

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