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Dactylorhiza fuchsii

By 213hardy      
Took this on saturday on our walk down to High Force, really pleased with this.

The Common Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) is a commonly occurring species of European orchid. It is widely variable in colour and height, ranging from 15 to 60 cm in height. The flower colour can vary from white to pale purple with purple spots. The lip has three lobes. Some colonies are highly perfumed, attractive to day-flying moths.

Flowers: JuneľAugust.
Leaves: narrow lanceolate, keeled, often dark-spotted.
Distribution: widespread, occurring from alkaline marshes to chalk downland. The most common orchid in Britain. After the Bee Orchid, it is the most successful orchid coloniser of waste land.

Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Spotted orchid Wildlife and nature

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 5:57AM
I'm not surprised that you are pleased, this is a lovely, beautifully composed image.

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bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 6:11AM
Wonderful shot great image .
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
10 Jul 2012 7:35AM
Nice composition............very pleasing to the eye...WinkWink
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:20AM
yes!! lovely for sure
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1912 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 9:13AM
After a disastrous summer last year they have really taken off again this year on the riverside near us.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 11:18AM
Lovely shot, Den.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
10 Jul 2012 12:40PM
Well captured, Den, the composition is spot on.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:36PM
A very impressive capture of the wild orchid, I remember these well from my years living in the New Forest.
Great DOF.. The flower really stands out.. Super Wink
BRabbitts 12 3 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 9:32PM
Only way I think this could be improved would be by losing grass seed head.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Jul 2012 1:57AM
You're rolling on, Den! A cracker!
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 9:13AM
With an image like this I would be very chuffed too. Well done.

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