Gymnadenia odoratissima

Short-spurred fragrant orchid; Gymnadenia fragrant; Wohlriechende Händelwurz; Orchide garofanata

Mountain regions of Europe from southern Sweden through central Europe to northern Italy, northern Spain, the former Yugoslavia and Turkey.

Photographs: Slovenia 1989 (top) and 2002 (bottom).
© Alan Hill.

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Like a smaller version of Gymnadenia conopsea, and with a shorter spur to the flower. Flower colour ranges from white to deep pink, or rarely, pale yellow. It grows in grassy places or in open pine woodland, usually on calcareous soils, ascending to 2500 metres altitude.

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