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BIRD’S-NEST ORCHID Neottia nidus-avis (Orchidaceae) Height to 35cm. Bizarre-looking orchid that entirely lacks chlorophyll and obtains its nutrition as a parasite of fungal hyphae. It is found in undisturbed woodland, usually under Beech (Fagus sylvatica). FLOWERS are brownish, with a hood and a 2-lobed lip, 10mm long; borne in fairly dense spikes (May-Jul). FRUITS form and swell at the base of the flowers. LEAVES are reduced to brownish scale-like structures. STATUS-Widespread throughout most of the region, except N Scotland, but always local.