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Dense-flowered Orchid

Neotinea maculata

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, roadsides, sand dunes.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
A packed flower spike of 10 to 35 creamy white flowers, often slightly flushed pink. The spike is anything up to 6cm long. 5mm long spur, hidden at the back of the flower.
Fruit:
The fruit is a many-seeded capsule and the seeds are minute and dust-like.
Leaves:
The leaves are bluish-green. There are 3 to 6 oblong basal leaves (about 5cm long) and 2 or 3 leaves which sheath the stems. The leaves may or may not have purple spotted markings. Sometimes also found on limestone pavements. Grows in sunny locations. Perennial.
Aroma:
The flowers are faintly vanilla-scented.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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