Lizard Orchid

Lizard Orchid

name = Lizard Orchid

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regnum = Plantae
divisio = Magnoliophyta
classis = Liliopsida
ordo = Asparagales
familia = Orchidaceae
subfamilia = Orchidoideae
tribus = Orchidae
subtribus = Orchidinae
genus = "Himantoglossum"
species = "H. hircinum"
binomial = "Himantoglossum hircinum"
binomial_authority = (L.) Spreng., 1826

The Lizard Orchid is more commonly known as "Himantoglossum hircinum". It is found across Europe, from Spain eastwards to the Balkans and Hungary and in western North Africa. It is usually rare but can sometimes be found in great numbers in suitable habitats. This orchid grows in dry meadows, rocky areas, and open woods. It may reach a height of 90 cm.

ites in Britain

The Lizard Orchid is found at a number of sites in Britain including the following in southwest England:
* Berrow Dunes
* Cuckoo Lake, Kendleshire, South Gloucestershire

A relatively large population is found in East Anglia, along the stretch of the "Devils Dyke" that runs through newmarket racecourse.

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