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Heath Spotted Orchid

Dactylorhiza maculata

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Very similar looking to Common Spotted Orchid but the flowers of the Heath Spotted Orchid have got a shorter central tooth and the lower lip is more wavy rather than lobed. The flower spike is also flatter and more blunt. Another difference is that the purple markings on the flowers are darker and form loops. The flowers can be white, pink or pale purple.
Fruit:
Capsules which contain several dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
The elliptical leaves of the Heath Spotted Orchid are narrower and have smaller dark blotches than those of the Common Spotted Orchid.
Maximum Size:
70cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The roots are edible when cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Adam and Eve, Moorland Spotted Orchid.
Habitats:
Bogs, grassland, heathland, marshes, meadows, moorland, mountains.