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Dactylorhiza fuchsii




Scientific Name:   Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Common Name:   Common Spotted Orchid

The Common Spotted orchid is the most common of all UK orchids and the one you are most likely to see. It grows in many different habitats including woodland, roadside verges, hedgerows, old quarries, sand dunes and marshes; sometimes so many flowers appear together that they carpet an area with their delicate, pale pink spikes. It is in bloom between June and August.

The Common Spotted orchid gets its name from its leaves which are green with abundant purplish oval spots. They form a rosette at ground level before the flower spike appears; narrower leaves sheath the stem. The flowers range from white and pale pink through to purple, but have distinctive darker purple spots and stripes on their three-lobed lips. The flowers are densely packed in short, cone-shaped clusters.

Apart from the Scottish Highlands, the common spotted-orchid is found throughout the UK in damp grassland and open woods, flowering from June to July.











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