Photo gallery Mull Orchids
Broad-Leaved Helleborine, Epipactus helleborine

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). Anand Prasad
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 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.

Photos: Stuart Gibson