Photographs: The Burren, Co.Clare
Heath Fragrant Orchid
Conical spikes of fragrant pink flowers. Slender spur, tri-lobed lip.
Obscurely-lobed, usually longer than wide, central lobe longest.
Side sepals oval, tapering to pointed tip and angled slightly downward.
Narrow basal leaves 3-5, keeled, with pointed tips. Stem leaves bract-like.
Green stems, purplish towards top. Height: 10-25cm.
Very frequent in central Ireland, rare elsewhere. Tolerates mildly acidic to alkaline soils on limestone, clay, sand. Un-improved pasture, roadsides, dunes.
Subspecies identification uncertain.
Similar: Marsh Fragrant Orchid, G. conopsea ssp. densiflora.
Side sepals appear parallel, horizontal.
Above: Heath Fragrant Orchid. The Burren, Co.Clare. August 2007