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Moorland spotted orchid

Dactylorhiza maculata

Description:

A terrestrial orchid, 35 to 40 cm tall plant with one erect stem. Oblong spotted leaves are characteristic, and responsible for the name. Inflorescence were between 5 and 10 cm long, and all densely packed with pink flowers, with paler streaks on labellum.

Habitat:

Damp meadows on calcareous substrate, in protected marshes of Divonne-les-Bains, of Jura mountain range (France, Geneva neighborhood).

Notes:

Like all orchids, these are protected. The interesting thing is that this species does not produce nectar, but is still pollinated by bumblebees and bees, who look for it in vain...

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3 Comments

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

great!!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 years ago

many thanks Dan, done

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Fantastic orchid! Perfect for the Wild Orchids mission.
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8564...

Zlatan Celebic
Spotted by
Zlatan Celebic

Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on May 26, 2015
Submitted on May 26, 2015

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