Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid - Brian BonnardPyramidal Orchid - Brian Bonnard

Latin name: Anacamptis pyramidalis

This is Alderney’s commonest and most distinctive orchid. Like many orchids, it requires a specific fungus to be present in the soil in order to bloom. It has a pyramid-shaped head of bright pink flowers, each with a long spur and narrow unspotted leaves.  It can usually be found in calcareous grassland and along road verges from late May to August.  Longis Common, the East Coast, particularly in the grassland near the Targets wall, and Platte Saline Common are good places to see this attractive plant.

Status in Alderney: Common

Status Worldwide (IUCN Red List): Least Concern