Belongs to: orchid family

Common spotted orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Best time to see: mid May to early Aug

Key facts

One of our commonest orchids, forming impressive colonies of pink spikes in grassy places or open scrubland

Narrow, keeled leaves, usually with dark spots; pale pink, purple or white flowers, lined or dotted with crimson or purple

Once quite common and widespread, but now much more localised as a result of intensive agriculture and development

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