Orchids

18 different species of orchids have been reported from Skye (plus numerous hybrids)


Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine)
a rare plant of limestone

Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine)
a rare plant of limestone

Epipactis helleborine (Broad Helleborine)
a rare plant of limestone

Neottia nidus-avis (Bird's-nest Orchid)
a very rare plant of limestone

Neottia ovata (Common Twayblade)
fairly common on limestone

Neottia cordata (Lesser Twayblade)
widespread, but not easy to find - a moorland plant

Hammarbya paludosa (Bog Orchid)
rare and difficult to find

Platanthera chlorantha (Greater Butterfly Orchid)
fairly common

Platanthera bifolia (Lesser Butterfly Orchid)
common

Pseudorchis albida (Small White Orchid)
rare

Gymnadenia borealis (Heath Fragrant Orchid)
fairly common

Dactylorhiza viride (Frog Orchid)
a rare plant of limestone

Dactylorhyza fuchsii (Common Spotted Orchid)
common

Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted Orchid)
a very common moorland plant

Dactylorhiza incarnata (Early Marsh Orchid)
common in wet, peaty ground

Dactylorhiza purpurella (Northern Marsh Orchid)
common

Dactylorhiza traunsteinerioides (Narrow-leaved Marsh Orchid)
rare

Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid)
common

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Pseudorchis albida (Small White Orchid)


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Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid)

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Dactylorhiza incarnata (Early Marsh Orchid)


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Dactylorhiza maculate (Heath Spotted Orchid)

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Platanthera chlorantha (Greater Butterfly Orchid)


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Gymnadenia borealis (Heath Fragrant Orchid)

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Dactylorhiza traunsteinerioides formerly D. lapponica
(Narrow-leaved Marsh Orchid)


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Dactylorhiza purpurella (Northern Marsh Orchid)

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Dactylorhiza purpurella (Northern Marsh Orchid)


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Platanthera bifolia (Lesser Butterfly Orchid)

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Platanthera bifolia (Lesser Butterfly Orchid)


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Neottia ovata (Common Twayblade)

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Neottia ovata (Common Twayblade)


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Dactylorhiza viride (Frog Orchid)

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Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)

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Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)


Useful links: West Highland Flora