Heath Spotted Orchid
Lucinda Manouch (July)
Superficially similar to the common spotted Orchid but restricted to damp, mostly acid soils on heaths and moors. Flowers are usually very pale and have darker streaks and spots; The lower lip is broad and 3 lobed but unlike the common spotted orchid, the central lobe is smaller than the outer two. The leaves are lanceolate and dark spotted.
The best site for Heath Spotted Orchids in Capel Curig was sadly destroyed by the building of a artificial fish pool a couple of years ago. Thankfully a few survived the diggers and can still be seen during June - August on the marshy grassland near the pool in Bryn Engan Woods opposite the Centre.