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Southern Marsh Orchid

Dactylorhiza praetermissa

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Dark purple with darker coloured spots and streaks. The central tooth on the flower is blunt and is said to curve backwards. The central tooth on the Northern Marsh Orchid is said to be more angular.
Fruit:
A seed capsule with numerous tiny dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
Dark green and not usually spotted.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The bulb is edible cooked and is very rich in nutrients.
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:
Leopard Marsh Orchid.
Habitats:
Bogs, fens, grassland, marshes, sand dunes, wasteland.