Spiranthes romanzoffiana

Irish Lady's tresses

Only in Ireland and western parts of Great Britain; otherwise a North American species.

A beautiful orchid with creamy-white flowers, delicately scented, arranged in a helix about the spike.

Found in wet and usually base-rich marshy ground.

Top photograph: Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland, July 2003.
© Paul Hackney

Upper middle photograph: County Antrim mountains, Northern Ireland, August 2004.
© Paul Hackney

Lowewr middle photograph: County Antrim mountains, Northern Ireland, August 2004.
© Tom Ennis

Bottom photograph: habitat view, County Antrim mountains, Northern Ireland, August 2004.
© Paul Hackney

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