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Flower  Heath Spotted Orchids

Heath Spotted Orchid - Photo  Copyright 2007 Lucinda Manouch
Photo: Lucinda Manouch

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Latin name:
Dactylorhiza maculata

Size: Grows to a height of around 50cm.

Distribution:
Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: May to August.

Habitat: Damp meadows - especially on acid soils.

Special features: The heath spotted orchid is similar in appearance to the common spotted orchid except the middle lobe of the three lobed petal is smaller than the two either side of it. The common orchid has three lobes of roughly the same size.

The lower leaves or the plant are oval with dark spots. The upper leaves are narrower and more pointed.



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