Belongs to: orchid family

Man orchid Aceras anthropophorum

nationally scarce


Best time to see: May to end Jun

Key facts

Orchid that gets its name from the lip of its flowers, which resembles a tiny pendulous human figure

Up to 90 flowers in a rough spiral up the stem, ranging in colour from yellow-green to reddish brown

Grows in chalky grassland and especially abandoned chalk-pits and quarries

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Photo © Adrian Knowles

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