an offence under the Nature Conservation
(Scotland) Act 2004
to 'deliberately or recklessly pick,
collect, cut, uproot or destroy a wild
helleborine). Anand Prasad
This elegant flower brings the Isle of
Mull's orchid season to a charismatic
Flowering may commence some
years in late July, but flower spikes rarely
come into their own on the island until the
second week of August.
Sometimes you can wait for what seems an
eternity for the flower buds to open, so it
pays to be patient, as the purple-tinged
flowers are well worth the wait.
This tall orchid has an extremely localised
distribution in Scotland, which places the
Isle of Mull community in proper context. It
favours deciduous woodland and on Mull can
often be found in areas of deep shade.
As a consequence of growing at the side of
woodland paths on the island, this stunning
plant has suffered in the recent past from
trampling by unsuspecting walkers and striming
by local workmen.