Name: Lizard Orchid
Scientific name: Himantoglossum hircinum
Nature Stars: 100
About: This amazing looking orchid looks just like its name - the flowers have long trailing tendrils that look like the legs and tail of a lizard! You might find it in chalky grasslands, sand dunes, quarries and hedge banks. Flowers between May and July.
How to identify: The flowers are pale and greenish with delicate pink spots and stripes. Look for the long curly frills that dangle down from the flower spike.
Where: Rare, only grows in southeast of England
Fantastic fact: The lizard orchid smells of wet goats!
Photograph credit: Bruce Shortland