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Northern Marsh Orchid

Dactylorhiza purpurella

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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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:
25 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Fens, marshes, meadows, sand dunes, seaside.

Flower:
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Purple, 2 petals
 
Purple-violet with dark markings and a central tooth (although the colour may vary according to subspecies). Short and stubby spur. Southern Marsh Orchid is usually paler in colour.
Fruit:
A seed capsule with numerous tiny dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
Broad, linear, lance-shaped and occasionally faintly blotched with dark spots.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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