Lizard Orchid

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The Lizard Orchid, Himantoglossum hircinum, 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 .

Sites in Britain

The largest British population of Lizard Orchid is found amongst sand dunes at Sandwich Bay in Kent, where there are many hundred plants. A relatively large population is found in East Anglia, along the stretch of the Devil's Dyke that runs through Newmarket Racecourse. There are a number of other sites where it occurs in small numbers.

Sites in France

Small populations can be found in many parts of France, including Centre, Massif central, Alsace, Ardèche, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, Saône-et-Loire, the Jura, Calvados, Puy de Dôme, Loir et Cher, Indre et Loire, Lot, Haute-Garonne, Aveyron, Tarn, Nièvre, Champagne, Aube, Val d'Oise, île de Noirmoutier, the Vendée, around Paris, Maine et Loire, and Drôme.

Sites in Italy

Small numbers have been found in the Mugello valley at the foot of the Apennines North of Florence.


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