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Heath Spotted Orchid

Observed: 4th June 2013 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Heath Spotted Orchid

Starting to get weaker on ID, when looking at some of these - was beginning to think that cross hybridisation was going on. I will go back to get more pics in a couple of weeks when more will be in flower.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Chris Metherell's picture

Dactylorhiza spp

I think you're right to be suspicious! This looks rather too dark for D. maculata and the labellum looks rather too dished. The labellum markings are not usually solid either. I would consider the hybrid between D. maculata and either D. praetermissa or perhaps D. incarnata. Best to look and see what elese is nearby and also look at the range of individuals in the population.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

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Tim and Ceri ..

..what makes you so sure this is Southern Marsh-orchid especially as the leaves are spotted and the Southern doesn't have spots on the leaves? I am in agreement with Chris that this is a hard call and maybe a cross of some sort?

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I notice too...

.. that there is no agreement with either

which definitely has no spots and

which has some spots that I wasn't sure about.

I am completely confused now as spots, no spots and some spots doesn't seem to mean anything? Please help me out of this dilemma.

Chris any more thoughts?


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praetermissa may or may not

praetermissa may or may not have spots - there is no problem. Heath spotted has few, very narrow leaves, not these big broad chunky clasping leaves. can't see nay maculata in this at all.

Tim Rich

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Leopard Orchid?

Can we call this Dactylorhiza praetermissa var. junialis?

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....I believe these have been seen here too.