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Orchid

Observed: 20th June 2009 By: Maire
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Description:

This orchid was growing in the chalk quarry near Carraig a reed bridge

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Not D. purpurella

Its a Marsh-orchid of some kind but all the Dactylorhiza species frequently hybridise and back-cross and often accurate identification isn't possible from photographs.

The shape of the lip is wrong for Northern Marsh-orchid, D. purpurella as it should be diamond-shaped - see link for D. purpurella photographs for comparison:
http://www.irishwildflowers.ie/pages/829a.html

Northern Marsh-orchid is very infrequent in Ireland:
http://www.bsbimaps.org.uk/atlas/map_page.php?spid=613.0&sppname=Dactylo...