Green-winged Orchid

Anacamptis morio (formerly Orchis morio)

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This short orchid is a plant of unimproved drier grassland, usually flowering in May or June.



How to identify

The flowers cluster around a single spike, and tend to be pink or purple with three lobes. The name is derived from a hood formed by the sepals above the flower which appear lined with green veins. The leaves are narrow and pointed and do not have spots on them unlike some other common grassland orchids.

Where to find it

Old hay meadows and other unimproved grasslands. Grazing animals present during May and June may remove the flower heads making them harder to locate and identify. They are widely distributed throughout England and Wales.


When to find it

  • May
  • June

How can people help

The UK has lost over 97% of its unimproved hay meadows. The Wildlife Trusts own and manage many such reserves and promote sympathetic management with private landowners and organisations to protect and expand other such sites. By joining your local Wildlife Trust you can help them to continue this work.

Local information

The BBOWT Bernwood Forest project covers five nature reserves and involves managing a mosaic of habitats within them for a wide variety of wildlife. Green-winged orchids are found in meadows within the project area. The reserves where you may see these orchirds are Asham Meads, Bernwood Meadows and Rushbeds Wood. To get involved in this project, join one of the local work parties. You can also see green-winged orchids at other BBOWT nature reserves including Chimney Meadows, Oxey Mead and Upper Ray Meadows.

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Species information

Common name
Green-winged Orchid
Latin name
Anacamptis morio (formerly Orchis morio)
Each seed pod can contain thousands of dust-like seeds.