Information on Green-winged Orchid

Common Name: Green-winged Orchid
Scientific Name: Anacamptis morio
Irish Name: Magairlín féitheach
Family Group: Orchidaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Green-winged Orchid could sometimes be confused with:

Orchid, Early-purple,

Surely the most exquisite wild orchid in Ireland, Green-winged Orchid is a small, erect plant which grows to about 30cm tall in grassland and meadows where grazing occurs. It bears flowers, well separated, in short spikes and these flowers appear in several colours – from snow-white through pink and magenta to deep purple. The three sepals are purple-veined with strong, green lines and these sepals form a hood over a broad, downward folded lower lip which is three-lobed and heavily spotted at its white centre. There is also a stout, slightly-curved spur. These incredible flowers bloom from mid-April to mid-June. The leaves are shiny green, unspotted with the upper leaves sheathing the stem and the lower leaves forming a rosette

Previously known as Orchis morio, it also bears the common name of Green-veined Orchid. This is a native perennial which belongs to the Orchid or Orchidaceae family. 

I first saw this beauty in County Tipperary in May 2017 with the great help of a couple of friends. I photographed it there at the time. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Orchid, Green-winged
Orchid, Green-winged

Green-winged Orchid is classed as ‘Vulnerable’ in the 2016 Red Data List of Vascular plants. This classification means that it has declined by as much as 49% in its area of occupancy.