Neottia ovata   Common Twayblade C DD N

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I've marked this down as reasonably difficult to find (for me anyway) although it is one of the commonest of the orchid family. The reason is that it is usually very well camouflaged in its usual grassland habitat. As with Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid) and Coeloglossum viride (Frog Orchid) you have to "get your eye in" before you are aware that there are many of them around you.

This species used to be called Listera ovata but following DNA work is now thought to be a member of the Neottia genus.

Neottia ovata is found throughout England, Wales and Ireland and records only start to thin out in northern Scotland.

Neottia ovata

Neottia ovata Common Twayblade

Durness Golf Course path, Scotland 3rd July 2011

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Neottia ovata

Neottia ovata Common Twayblade

Durness Golf Course path, Scotland 3rd July 2011

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Durness Golf Course path, Scotland 3rd July 2011

Added on 6th November 2004, amended 28th January 2005, updated and renamed 1st Dec 2010, updated 10th August 2011

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