Platanthera bifolia

Lesser butterfly orchid; Orchis à deux feuilles; Zweiblättrige Waldhyazinthe; Kuckucksblume

Across Europe from Ireland to Turkey, and from the Mediterranean northwards to Scandinavia.

Similar to P. chlorantha but with generally smaller flowers and with the anthers close together. In fairly open places in grassland, woodland, heaths, scrub.

Upper photograph: Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland July 1973.

Lower photograph: Styrian Alps at 800 metres.

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