Frog Orchid - Coeloglossum viride


Low to short plant, sometimes only 5 cm tall; stem with several brownish basal sheaths. Leaves 2 to 5 oval to lanceolate. Flowers small and inconspicuous yellowish green and often tinged with reddish or purplish brown. Faintly honey scented and borne in a rather lax spike.

Identification difficulty

Grassland and woodland margin.

When to see it


Life History

Tuberous rooted perennial.

UK Status

Widespread but uncommon in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very rare in Leicestershire & Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

It is on the current VC55 Rare Plant Register (Jeeves 2011)

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

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