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Common spotted orchid

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Common spotted orchid

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Orchidales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Dactylorhiza
Species: fuchsii
Binomial name
Dactylorhiza fuchsii

The Common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) is the most commonly occurring species of orchid in Great Britain. It is very variable in colour and height, varying from 5 to 60 cm in height. The flower colour can vary from pale pink to pale purple to white, with purple spots and edges. The lip has three lobes.

  • Flowers: June-August.
  • Leaves: narrow lanceolate, keeled, often dark-spotted.
  • Distribution: grassland, on lime.

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