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Early Purple Orchids

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Scientific name:  Orchis mascula

Size:  Grows to 60cm

Distribution:  Found throughout the U.K.

Flowering months:  April to June

Habitat:  Woodlands.  Occasionally seen on meadows

Special features:  Early Purple Orchids are one of the first orchids to flower each year, hence the "Early" part of their name.  They look similar to the green-winged orchids, however the Early Purple Orchids have spots or blotches on their leaves.

To confuse things a little there are some pale forms of the species (see photo above) which have almost white flowers and no spots on the leaves.

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