Early Marsh-orchid, Kingcombe, Dorset
Front and side view of flowers
May to July
It is scattered throughout the country but is locally common
in East Anglia and the South.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows in wet, alkaline grassland, marshes, ditches and
Early Marsh-orchid is a native, tuberous, perennial herb,
growing up to 40cm.
The colour of the flowers is very variable, ranging from pale
pink, to yellow, purple and red.
Similarly, the markings are often variable and indistinct.
The side lobes of the lower lip are bent backwards and the
central tooth is small.
The leaves are yellow-green, with no markings, keeled and
with hooded tips.
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