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Observed: 14th June 2013 By: tsugruetsugrue’s reputation in Plantstsugrue’s reputation in Plantstsugrue’s reputation in Plants
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Different flower

There were many common spotted orchids in this field, but at the field edge one orchid looked different. I know Common Spotteds are very variable, but this one was growing in a shady spot, and looked darker.
Are both flowers Common Spotted?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) interacts


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Dactylorhiza spp

The top two photographs appear to be D. x grandis, the hybrid between D. fuchsii and D. praetermissa. Unfortunately, living in Northumberland it's not a plant I ever see, although its northern analogue D. x venusta (D. fuchsii x D. purpurella) is fairly common and is not dissimilar. The bottom photograph is good D. fuchsii.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

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Thanks,I'll go back and look


I'll go back and look for D. praetermissa in the area.

I guess the hybrids can be variable, the images of D. x grandis I've looked up have longer flower spikes, with larger central lobes. I'd go for heath spotted (D. maculata), but it's the wrong soil!