Narrow pointed leaves with black spots.
No interactions present.
The flowers look like CSO if they were in UK, but the spike seems far too lax for it. You would need to key from a European (not UK) flora, and they have a lot of other species on the continent.
recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.
Buttler KP (1991) Field guide to orchids of Britain and Europe. Crowood, Swindon. Key p. 240 does not suggest a different species.
Nevertheless, I have never seen CSO (or any Dactylorhiza) with a spike anything near as spaced out as this one. I am no expert on E European orchids, but I remain unconvinced. What about a hybrid?
I think the flower spacing of the spike might be subject to genetic variation, although I have not so far been able to find any literature to support this. I have added a couple of observations showing spacing moderate
and quite wide
There is a study of variation of flowers within a spike
Evolutionary and morphometric implications of morphological variation among flowers within an inflorescence: a case-study using European orchids RM Bateman… - Annals of Botany, 2006
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Thank you gentlemen for your comments and the various links. I knew when I posted 6 consecutive orchids I might expect some comments and here we see iSpot in action - its wonderful.
I'm not sure I am any nearer to certainty over this one but that may have to remain the case!
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