Common Twayblade - Neottia ovata

Alternative names
Twayblade, Listera ovata

Short to medium, rhizomatous plant, stem erect, hairy above. Leaves only 2 oval, low down at the base of the stem, dull green, prominently ribbed. Flowers small, numerous in slender spike-like raceme with tiny bracts, stalked yellowish green 7 to 15 mm pendant, notched at the end, spurless.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and marshy ground.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain though never common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 52 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map