West Highland Flora

Common Spotted x Northern Marsh Orchid

Dactylorhiza x venusta

= D fuchsii x D purpurella

Dactylorhiza x venusta

Photo Patrick Butler

Occasional where both parents grow.

Flower diameter c 8-12 mm

ID: Intermediate between the parents.  Identity cannot usually be determined with certainty unless clearly part of a population with both parents, but densely-flowered robust plants having the lower lip clearly 3-lobed with an upward indentation between the lobes, the side lobes not (or only remotely) wavy-edged, and the flower colour more purple than pink are likely to be this hybrid.  The plant in the picture was determined by an expert.

Other features: Leaves may be spotted or unspotted.

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