Look Out for Orchids on Bennachie

July 2013

When you are walking on the top of Bennachie please look out for this lovely orchid and let us know if you find any. This is a photo of one found recently on Bennachie.

Lesser Twayblade (Neottia cordata)is an uncommon orchid of heath land that rarely exceeds 15 cm in height. It is frequently overlooked because of its small size and a tendency to grow underneath heather on sphagnum moss. The single erect flower-stem is often tinged red and is clasped near the base by a pair or ovate-orbicular glossy green leaves.

Heath Spotted - Orchid This is a common orchid found growing on acid soils.

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