Leopard Marsh-orchid on a coastal marsh,
West Bexington, Dorset
Purple, looped markings
Close-up of looped marks on a leaf
Leaves with thick, looped markings
Dactylorhiza praetermissa var junialis
Late May to July
It is found throughout the country among populations of
Southern Marsh-orchid of which it is a variety. I have included
the distribution link for Southern Marsh-orchid as there is not
a separate one for Leopard Marsh-orchid.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows in calcareous damp meadows and marshes.
It is a native, tuberous, perennial herb, growing up to 50cm.
Flowers vary from rose-pink to purple with spread,
pale sepals and dark loops and streaks on the lips.
Leaves are broad, green and spotted with black loops or
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