NORTHERN MARSH ORCHID
Dactylorhiza purpurella

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Height:        10-35cm

Flowers:      June-July

Overview: A robust plant 10-35cm tall, with broad, glaucous green,  basal leaves and a few sheathing, pointed stem leaves. The leaves are usually heavily spotted, although some may have very few spots. The flower spike is dense and square topped, with 10-40 bright purple to magenta coloured flowers, which are heavily marked with dark lines and dots. The lower petals are longer and pinkish-purple in colour, the lip being distinctly three-lobed.

Where to See: Can be found in the marshland, mainly behind the kitchen Shieling (Map F6-F7) may also be seen along the path from the Cottage to the shore (map D5, F6)