<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Common Spotted Orchid

 

 
Common Spotted Orchid
 

 

The Common Spotted Orchid is a fairly common orchid in grassland areas and woods, especially on lime. Rather difficult to differentiate from the Heath Spotted Orchid, although the latter is normally found on acid soils.

My thanks to Jill Verran for first alerting me to the flower in the photograph.

Note: As with all wild flowers, orchids should never be picked. Not only does picking a flower deny other people the chance to enjoy seeing it, but the plant will be weakened and the opportunity for it to set seed will be lost. Furthermore, the conditions under which an orchid grows are extremely specific and it would almost certainly die if it were to be transported to another site.

 

 

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