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FRAGRANT ORCHID Gymnadenia conopsea (Orchidaceae) Height to 40cm. A robust and relatively tall orchid that is associated with both damp and dry grassland; it does best on calcareous soils or flushes, and often occurs in rather dense colonies. FLOWERS are extremely fragrant and typically pink, although a spike’s colour can vary from almost white to deep purple. Individual flowers have a 3-lobed lip and a long spur; they are borne in dense, cylindrical spikes (up to 15cm tall) (Jun-Aug). FRUITS form and swell at the base of the flowers. LEAVES are rather short and most are found at the base of the plant; a few, very narrow leaves are borne up the stem. STATUS-Widespread and locally common; most frequent in the S and SE.