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Spotted Orchid, Danebury - 2007

Observed: 14th July 2007 By: marlandza
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Spotted Orchid Danebury 2007-07-14 maculata (C)
Description:

Could this be a hybrid?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) interacts

Comments

David Trevan's picture

Spotted orchid!

Whoops , sorry Marlandza, didn't see your previous observation, thought this was Common Spotted Orchid, really not sure now, maybe Cicuta or Ophrys will give his opinion?

Dave

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martinjohnbishop's picture

I agree that it is D. fuchsii

We can't see the leaves. The flower has the central lobe exceeding the lateral lobes (fuchsii). Labellum lobed less than half way to the base, fuchsii is often more deeply lobed. The site has clay soil and chalk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danebury

The tetrad maps show the presence of D. fuchsii but not D. maculata, the habitat being unsuitable.
http://www.bsbimaps.org.uk/mstetrads/showmap.php?spid=610.0&sppname=Dact...

Plenty of D. maculata on acid soils e.g. New Forest.

Syrphus's picture

I don't follow your comment

I don't follow your comment about the the name. D. maculata (HSO) and D. fuchsii (CSO) have been around for decades. Is there something I have missed?

[Edit - having a simultaneous posting exchange here!]

I am glad you have rowed back on the ID - I would go for the genus, and tend to a marsh orchid (at least in part) from the size of the spur and the erect sepals on some flowers. It is the sort where I tend to look the other way ...!

M.

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martinjohnbishop's picture

You are suggesting D. fuchsii

You are suggesting D. fuchsii x D. praetermissa at least in part?

Syrphus's picture

I am leaving the full ID to

I am leaving the full ID to others! But the form of the spur (rather robust for a spotted) and the erect sepals make me think it has at least some marsh orchid in it. I don't know praetermissa - we don't have it up here.

M.

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David Trevan's picture

Orchids!

Syrphus,
Thanks for your comment. I think I was half asleep this morning and didn't see the word "Heath" in the observation, which is why I suggested it was D. fuchsii.
Dave

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