Greater Butterfly-orchid - Platanthera chlorantha

Alternative names
Greater Butterfly Orchid

White flowers slightly tinged with green and faintly smelling of vanilla.

Identification difficulty

Woods, scrub meadows and damp heaths.

When to see it

June and July.

Life History

Tuberous rooted perennial.

UK Status

Widespread but never common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire & Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 9 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map