Welcome to the Britain and Ireland Wild Orchid Photo Gallery

Here is a selection of images of the many wild orchids of the British Isles that are featured in the First Nature guide to Wild Orchids in Wales...

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Bee
Orchid
Bee Orchid
Ophrys
apifera
Early
Marsh-orchid
Early Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza
incarnata
Greater
Butterfly-orchid
Greater Butterfly-orchid
Platanthera
chlorantha
Lesser
Butterfly-orchid
Lesser Butterfly-orchid
Platanthera
bifolia
Southern
Marsh-orchid
Southern Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza
praetermissa
Frog
Orchid
Frog Orchid
Dactylorhiza
viridis
Pyramidal
Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Anacamptis pyramidalis
Early
Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid
Orchis
mascula
Dune
Helleborine
Dune Helleborine
Epipactis
dunensis
Broad-leaved
Helleborine
Broad-leaved Helleborine
Epipactis
helleborine
Northern
Marsh-orchid
Northern Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza purpurella
Green-winged
Orchid
Green-winged Orchid
Anacamptis
morio
Common
Spotted-orchid
Common Spotted-orchid
Dactylorhiza
fuchsii
Heath
Spotted-orchid
Heath Spotted-orchid
Dactylorhiza
maculata
No common
name
Epipactis neerlandica
Epipactis
neerlandica
Marsh
Helleborine
Marsh Helleborine
Epipactis
palustris
Sword-leaved
Helleborine
Sword-leaved Helleborine
Cephalanthera
longifolia
Violet
Helleborine
Violet Helleborine
Epipactis
purpurata
Marsh
Fragrant-orchid
Marsh Fragrant-orchid
Gymnadenia
densiflora
Chalk
Fragrant-orchid
Chalk Fragrant-orchid
Gymnadenia
conopsea
Narrow-leaved
Marsh-orchid
Narrow-leaved Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza
traunsteineroides
Fen
Orchid
Fen Orchid
Liparis
loeselii
Autumn
Lady's-tresses
Autumn Lady's-tresses
Spiranthes
spiralis
Green-flowered
Helleborine
Green-flowered Helleborine
Epipactis
phyllanthes
Dark-red
Helleborine
Dark-red Helleborine
Epipactis
atrorubens
Bog
Orchid
Bog Orchid
Hammarbya
paludosa
Small White
Orchid
Small White Orchid
Pseudorchis
albida
Fly
Orchid
Fly Orchid
Ophrys
insectifera
Common
Twayblade
Common Twayblade
Neottia
ovata
Lesser
Twayblade
Lesser Twayblade
Neottia
Cordata

Dozens more wild orchids of Britain and Europe are featured in the First Nature Wildflower Guide...

English Name
Latin Name
Site Examples
Autumn Lady's Tresses Spiranthes spiralis Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera Coastal dune slacks, roadside verges and Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Bog Orchid Hammarbya paludosa Claerwen National Nature Reserve
Broad-leaved Helleborine Epipactis helleborine Kenfig and Newborough Warren National Nature Reserves
Common Spotted-orchid Dactylorhiza fuschii Common throughout Wales and in many coastal NNRs - Kenfig, Dyfi
Common Twayblade Neottia ovata Common throughout Wales and in many coastal NNRs - Kenfig, Dyfi
Dark-red Helleborine Epipactis atrorubens The Great Orme National Nature Reserve
Dune Helleborine Epipactis dunensis Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve
Early Marsh-orchid Dactylorhiza incarnata Coastal nature reserves - Kenfig, Dyfi, Newborough Warren
Early Purple-orchid Orchis mascula Common on roadside verges throughout Wales and also in coastal nature reserves - Kenfig
Epipactis neerlandica Epipactis neerlandica Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Fen Orchid Liparis loeselii Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Fly Orchid Ophrys insectifera Anglesey Fens National Nature Reserves
Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia conopsea Kenfig, Anglesey Fens National Nature Reserves
Frog Orchid Dactylorhiza viridis Occasionally found at Minera Quarry near Wrexham and Anglesey
Greater Butterfly Orchid Platanthera chlorantha Cae Blaen Dyffryn Nature Reserve near Lampeter
Green-flowered Helleborine Epipactis phyllanthes Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Green-winged Orchid Anacamptis morio Kenfig National Nature Reserve
Heath Spotted-orchid Dactylorhiza maculata Common throughout the uplands and wetlands nature reserves throughout Wales - Claerwen National Nature Reserve
Lesser Butterfly Orchid Platanthera bifolia Cae Blaen Dyffryn Nature Reserve near Lampeter
Lesser Twayblade Neottia cordata Y Berwyn National Nature Reserve
Marsh Helleborine Epipactis palustris Kenfig and Newborough National Nature Reserves
Northern Marsh-orchid Dactylorhiza purpurella Newborough Warren, Dyfi National Nature Reserves
Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis Kenfig, Dyfi, Newborough Warren National Nature Reserves
Small-white Orchid Pseudorchis albida Apply to Brecknock Wildlife Trust
Southern Marsh-orchid Dactylorhiza praetermissa Kenfig National Nature Reserve