It is an offence under the Nature Conservation
(Scotland) Act 2004 to 'deliberately or recklessly pick, collect,
cut, uproot or destroy a wild plant'.
Broad leafed helliborine. (Epipactis helleborine).
This elegant flower brings the Isle of Mull's orchid
season to a charismatic close.
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
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 strimming by local workmen.