Wonderful spiral flowers of the rare orchid Autumn Lady’s -tresses in bloom at present in the Burren National Park and on the Aran Islands
Beautiful orchid with small white flowers which are spirally arranged on twisted leafless spikes, delicately scented. Leaves oval, blue-green forming a rosette beside the stem base.
Wonderful autumnal orchid, easily overlooked due to its small size and greenish-white colour. Its small white flowers are very beautiful and require closer observation (hand lens) to be fully appreciated as the frilly edges sparkle as if covered with tiny crystals.
Uses and other points of interest:
There are no recorded uses for this wild orchid in Ireland
This is a truly beautiful orchid and one that I look forward to seeing every year in late Autumn in the Burren and on Inis Oírr where I have seen numerous specimens. This year I found a few new sites for this wild orchid. It never fails to delight.