Widely spread across Europe from Great Britain eastwards to the Balkans and Hungary; western N Africa. Generally rare.
A robust orchid of grassy places, scrub, dunes and open woodland. The plant can attain a height of about 90 cm. The flowers are produced in quite large numbers in the spike; the middle lobe of the labellum is remarkably long and twisted giving the flower spike an untidy appearance.
Himantoglossum hircinum sensu stricto is one of a complex of similar plants. The boundaries between the taxa within the Himantoglossum hircinum aggregate are not always clear.
Photographs: Turriers, Alpes de Haute Provence, France 2008
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