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Charming little orchid of moorland and conifer forests. Surprisingly easy to overlook on account of its size, and because it often grows under clumps of Heather. FLOWERS are small (2-3mm long) and reddish, comprising a hood and a forked lip; borne on a reddish stem, in a loose spike of 5-12 flowers (Jun-Aug). FRUITS form at the base of the flowers, altering the appearance of the reddish flowering spike very little. LEAVES comprise a pair of oval basal leaves, up to 4cm long. STATUS-Widespread but distinctly local in northern and north-west regions. Scarce or absent south of north Wales, the species’ southernmost outpost being on Exmoor.
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