|John and Gerry's Orchids of Britain and Europe|
This is a single species genus with a distribution confined to the
characteristic feature of this orchid is the stem which bears two
large, alternate leaves and its this attribute thats gives the
species its name "dyphilla".
The root tubers of this genus lead a curious existence as during the
flowering period there is a single tuber, whereas at all other times
there are two.The fresh tubers are produced on long runners after the plant has fruited.
produces small yellow/green flowers in a long spike at the top of the
stem, in the warmer parts of its range it can be in bloom as early as