Wild Harris

Northern Marsh Orchid

Northern Marsh Orchid 1 LCampbell.jpgNorthern Marsh Orchid    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

Normally you might think of orchids as exotic flowers that grow in faraway forests. In fact, the machair of Harris is one of the best places to see orchids.

The orchids on the machair are very variable. One of the most common is the northern marsh orchid – its colour can range from pink to dark purple.

Northern Marsh Orchid 2 LCampbell.jpgNorthern Marsh Orchid    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

Note the very green leaves and purple hooked-lip flowers.

by Alison Tyler