Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Pseudorchis albida (L.) A. & D.Loeve - Small-White Orchid - Orchidaceae
Pseudorchis albida
© Robert Thompson
Pseudorchis albida
© Robert Thompson
Pseudorchis albida
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

Small White Orchid (Pseudorchis albida), also known as the White Mountain Orchid is a rather rare species found in dry rough pasture in upland or coastal areas.

It is a small plant, rarely over six inches, and bears small white flowers in a fairly tight spike from mid-June. The flowers have a sweet scent and carry nectar in the spurs which attract a wide variety of insects.

The main centres of occurrence of this species are in the northern parts of Europe.

All names: Pseudorchis albida (L.) A. & D.Loeve; Leucorchis albida (L.) E.Meyer; Habenaria albida (L.) R.Br.; Gymnadenia albida (L.) Rich.