Seen today on steep south facing calcareous grassy area in Picardy
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Having come back from holiday and loooked at my orchid book, my specimen has clumps of hairs not spots and the lobe ends are ragged not rounded???
Yes you are correct; I added my identification before seeing your comment. Martin
Isn't Lady Orchid a woodland plant? This was found on calcareous grassland, so would have thought Orchis ustulata was more likely. But I agree that size is important.
Have a look at Neotinea ustulata at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/246073
The spur is much shorter in Neotinea than Orchis so I do not believe they would be confused. As mentioned above, there are coloured spots in N. ustulata but here there are pigmented clumps of hairs.
Orchis purpurea does very well in woodland glades and recently coppiced areas. I have seen O. purpurea and O. militaris growing together in grassland in France http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/328286
so it is not restricted to woodland.
That's very helpful. I'm just learning about orchids, not so many species where I live so iSpot is a good place to learn.
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