Cluster recorded in a chalk pit on Merrow Downs Golf Course.
No interactions present.
Now generally accepted as belonging to the genus Dactylorhiza.
BSBI VC Recorder
Ta, change noted - just went with what iSpot suggested.
Putting this in Dactylorhiza is less surprising when you know its facility for hybridising with the spotted orchids (the 'original' Dactylorhiza).
In the Outer Hebrides and elsewhere we find rather attractive hybrids between Frog and D. fuchsii. These go by the name of x Dactyloglossum mixtum, which must be the best name ever for a hybrid. Certainly my favourite!
See pictures at http://sifolinia.blogspot.com/2008/06/x-dactyloglossum-mixtum.html
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
I've been working on learning to identify hybrirds, but I didn't know of this one - should be easy enough to remember!
Thanks for the info.
It is indeed a great name, and a spectacular plant! I find that, for hybrids, the best illustrations in a pocket-sized book are in David Lang's "Britain's Orchids". There is an excellent picture of this particular plant, plus many others. Writen descriptions are of course the core of a good ID but illustrations help everyone, even experienced botanists! And if you really want to lash out (or maybe ask Santa for a copy) "Orchids of the British Isles" by Foley and Clarke is unsurpassed - but big and expensive.
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