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Burnt-tip orchid

(Orchis ustulata)

Burnt orchid © Joe Sutton/Plantlife

Burnt orchid © Joe Sutton/Plantlife


A white orchid with a deep crimson peak - the "burnt tip" in question.

It was once more common than it is now. The burnt-tip orchid holds on in short downland turf, and occasionally strays into meadows. It is the County Flower of Wiltshire, where the largest colonies can be found.

Distribution

Confined to a scattering of sites in southern England, especially the Wiltshire Downs.

Habitat

Chalk downs.

Best time to see

Flowers from May to June.