Previously known as Listera cordata, Lesser Twayblade is a very small, perennial plant. Only reaching about 20 cm high, it grows in among heather, moss and under wet woodland trees. From June to August, between five and twelve flowers (2–3 mm) are borne in loose spikes, each little reddish-green flower having a hood and a lip which is forked. There is a single, shiny pair of heart-shaped leaves (hence 'cordata') about one-third of the way up the stem. This is a native plant and it belongs to the Orchidaceae family.
I first recorded this wildflower growing in the beautiful Glenveagh National Park*, Co Donegal in June 2010 when I photographed it.
If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre