Green-winged orchids at New Buckenham Common by Charles Oxley 1/3
Green-winged orchids at new Buckenham Common by Charles Oxley. 2/3
Green-winged orchids by David North 3/3

Green-winged Orchid Anacamptis morio

This used to be a common flower in meadows and pastures. It has suffered greatly from agricultural intensification, particularly ploughing and re-seeding. The application of fertiliser almost certainly spells doom for the green-winged orchid. Where it still exists, it can occur in large numbers.

Conservation status

It has disappeared from 49% of its historical range. There was a reduction of 11% in the number of 10km squares where it was found from 1970-1986 (Harrap 2005-2009). The reduction is due to changing agricultural practices and neglect of meadows.

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  • Green-winged orchid is the County flower of Ayrshire.
  • Historically it has been named green-veined orchid which perhaps more accurately describes it.
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