Orchid Photograph Galleries
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These pages provide photographs of most orchids found within Britain & Ireland are are intended as an aid to their identification. The image galleries include photogaphs of habitats, whole plants and close-ups and to ease navigation the pages are divided into a small number of groups as follows. Click on the group links to enter the galleries. In some cases more detailed species information and more photographs are provided. These pages can be opened via links on the species names or from within the relevant photo gallery.


Anacamptis & Neotinea



Dactylorhiza fuchsii Common Spotted-orchid
Dactylorhiza maculata Heath Spotted-orchid
Dactylorhiza viridis Frog Orchid
Dactylorhiza incarnata Early Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza praetermissa Southern Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza purpurella Northern Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza occidentalis Irish Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza ebudensis Hebridean Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza traunsteinerioides Pugsley's Marsh-orchid


Gymnadenia conopsea Chalk Fragrant Orchid
Gymnadenia borealis Heath Fragrant Orchid
Gymnadenia densiflora Marsh Fragrant Orchid


Platanthera chlorantha Greater Butterfly-orchid
Platanthera bifolia Lesser Butterfly-orchid



Cephalanthera rubra Red Helleborine
Cephalanthera damasonium White Helleborine
Cephalanthera longifolia Narrow-leaved Helleborine


Cephalanthera rubra Red Helleborine
Cephalanthera damasonium White Helleborine
Epipactis palustris Marsh Helleborine
Epipactis helleborine Broad-leaved Helleborine
Epipactis atrorubens Dark-red Helleborine
Epipactis purpurata Violet Helleborine
Epipactis dunensis Dune Helleborine
Epipactis leptochila Narrow-lipped Helleborine
Epipactis phyllanthes Green-flowered Helleborine
Epipactis sancta Lindisfarne Helleborine

Spiranthes, Goodyera & Neottia

Goodyera repens Creeping Lady’s-tresses
Spiranthes romanzoffiana Irish Lady’s-tresses
Spiranthes spiralis Autumn Lady’s-tresses
Spiranthes aestivalis Summer Lady’s-tresses
Neottia cordata Lesser Twayblade
Neottia ovata Common Twayblade
Neottia nidus-avis Bird’s-nest Orchid

Cypripedium calceolus Lady’s-slipper Orchid
Epipogium aphyllum Ghost Orchid
Liparis loeselii Fen Orchid
Hammarbya paludosa Bog Orchid
Corallorhiza trifida Coralroot Orchid
Herminium monorchis Musk Orchid
Pseudorchis albida Small-white Orchid
Himantoglossum hircinum Lizard Orchid
Serapias parviflora Lesser Tongue-orchid
S. lingua Greater Tongue-orchid