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Author Topic: Which orchid is this?  (Read 402 times)


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Which orchid is this?
« on: May 21, 2014, 11:51:47 AM »
Can anyone ID this Dactylorhiza for me? It came from a friend's wild garden in France, and flowers 3 weeks earlier than my other native species. It is fairly short at about 25cm high.
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Re: Which orchid is this?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 01:44:57 PM »
The Dactylorhiza are notoriously tricky and confused by hybrids.

However, the lip appears to be quite narrow/down-folded which suggests Early Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza incarnata to me. Southern Marsh would have a flatter/cupped lip.

Early Marsh tolerates a wide variety of conditions and is found in a variety of habitats. In the UK it flowers from late May.
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