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Marsh Orchid

Observed: 3rd June 2012 By: Ray Turner
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Spotted during the BTO Nest Finding training in Fife, during a quiet period.
Marshy conditions, with quite a lot of standing water. Tempted by Northern Marsh-orchid D purpurella given the location but slightly confused by the spots. Collins Flower Guide quite emphatic there are none though Botanical Society of the British Isles, www.botanicalkeys.co.uk/flora/content/species.asp?1802 says it has spots occasionally.
Given my knowledge of flowers though this is likely to be something else entirely.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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NMO does sometimes have fine

NMO does sometimes have fine spotting on the leaves. There is always with Dactylorhiza the possibility of hybrids as well, but this looks OK to me for NMO.



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Yes ...

D. purpurella is quite often spotted. Some populations lack plants with spots, others have a high proportion of spotted plants with no reason to suspect hybrids.