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Orchid

Observed: 24th July 2009 By: kitty_su
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
Orchid
Description:

A purple and white flower, many cup shaped parts

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata) interacts

Comments

Norwichnaturalist's picture

Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Looks like a white form of Common Spotted Orchid

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member
Norwich
Norfolk
vc27
http://www.thewildflowersociety.com/

Urophora's picture

D. fuchsii has a much longer

D. fuchsii has a much longer central lobe to the labellum, and in Harris comes in a particular rosy-coloured subspecies. It is D. maculata.

Syrphus's picture

Almost the easiest way to

Almost the easiest way to identify the two spotted orchids on the Western Isles is to look at where the plant is growing. D. maculata is on the acid soils, and D. fuchsii subsp. hebridensis on the calcareous machair soils. In places, you will find one species only on one side of the road, and the other only on the other side.

M.

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