Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Burren, Co.Clare

Marsh Fragrant Orchid
Gymnadenia conopsea subsp. densiflora / Gymnadenia densiflora
Lus taghla
Family: Orchidaceae

Flowering time: July-August. Perennial. Native.

Dense spike of very fragrant flowers, deep-pink. Can be whiter at base
of lip. Flat lower lip is wider than long. Spur slightly longer than ovary.
Lateral sepals (wings) appear parallel-sided as the upper and lower edges
are rolled back. Blunt-tipped, held horizontally.
Un-spotted keeled leaves, oblong-lanceolate. Height: To 40cm.

Calcareous fens and grassland.

Sub-species identification is uncertain.

Similar: Heath Fragrant Orchid, G. conopsea ssp. borealis.
Lateral sepals wider, oval, angled downward.


Above: Marsh Fragrant Orchid. The Burren, Co.Clare. August 2007

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