Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid)
This tuberous perennial herb grows on a variety of neutral and calcareous soils, and is most frequent in woodland, coppices and calcareous grassland. However, it also occurs in hedgerows, scrub, on roadsides and railway banks and on limestone pavement and moist cliff ledges. 0-880 m (Caenlochan, Angus).
This species, mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas, has declined in some areas, particularly C. England and parts of Scotland. Most losses are due to woodland felling and coniferisation, intensification of grassland management and ploughing. However, it is much better recorded now, especially in Ireland.
European Temperate element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
Wild orchids of Scotland,
, Edinburgh, (1993)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Wild orchids of Dorset,
, Gillingham, (1991)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)
The orchids of Suffolk,
, Ipswich, (1991)