Photographs: Burren, Co.Clare
Marsh Fragrant Orchid
Dense spike of very fragrant flowers, deep-pink. Can be whiter at base
of lip. Flat lower lip is wider than long. Spur slightly longer than ovary.
Lateral sepals (wings) appear parallel-sided as the upper and lower edges
are rolled back. Blunt-tipped, held horizontally.
Un-spotted keeled leaves, oblong-lanceolate. Height: To 40cm.
Calcareous fens and grassland.
Subspecies identification uncertain.
Similar: Heath Fragrant Orchid, G. conopsea ssp. borealis.
Lateral sepals wider, oval, angled downward.
Above: Marsh Fragrant Orchid. The Burren, Co.Clare. August 2007