Irish wildflowers

Photographs: The Burren, Co.Clare

Fragrant Orchid
Gymnadenia conopsea s.l.
Lus taghla
Family: Orchidaceae

Flowering July-August. Perennial. Native.

Dense spike of long-spurred, sweet-scented flowers. Usually pink to purplish.
Short lip, 3-lobed, lobes more/less equal. Long, narrow, keeled leaves.
Three subspecies are recognised, but can be difficult to distinguish between:
Marsh Fragrant Orchid, G. conopsea ssp. densiflora
Heath Fragrant Orchid, G. conopsea ssp. borealis
Common Fragrant Orchid, G. conopsea ssp. conopsea

Dry or moist heathy grassland, limestone pavements, fens, dune-slacks, cut-away bog. Frequent in central Ireland, local elsewhere.

Fragrant Orchid. The Burren, County Clare.

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