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Common Twayblade Neottia ovata

This was one of the first orchids to be recognised in Britain. It is very widespread throughout the country and grows in many habitats. It is often overlooked given its largely green colouration.

Conservation status

It has disappeared from 30% of its historical range. There was a reduction of 11.5% in the number of 10km squares where it was found from 1970-1986 (Harrap 2005-2009).

Details

Did you know? Tway is an archaic word for two, referring to the two large oval leaves at the base of the plant. Whilst two leaves are characteristic of the species, it can sometimes have three - look carefully if you find a large population.

It is sometimes called the “green man orchid” referring to the characteristics of individual florets.
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