Photos above: Lesser butterfly orchid, France.

Lesser-butterfly-orchid

Platanthera-bifolia

Orchis-à-deux-feuilles

Presence in France. See link below.


Height. 15cm -55cm. Those in the open tend to be short, shady habitats produce taller plants.


Leaves. Basal leaves are oblong, 2 - 5 upper leaves linear-lanceolate.


Flowers. Whitish tinged with green, especially the lip. Linear pendent, anther cells close together and parallel.


Flowering period. May - August


Soil type. Predominantly calcareous


Protection. None.