Native orchids in bloom in heathland and bogs

Needing exercise, I walked over the local heathland and to the edge of the bogs. Unsurprisingly many wild flowers were in bloom – it’s spring after all.

At the edge of the heathland path that runs alongside Red Road the Heath Spotted Orchid was in rude health, while down in the boggy land of Folly Bog, the Early Marsh Orchid is in bloom. Both are common varieties.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before the difficulty in identifying wild orchid species. As orchids naturally hybridise it makes identification a challenge, although I’m fairly confident in my identification.

Here are a couple of photos I took yesterday. The Early Marsh Orchid [Dactylorhiza maculata] on the left has plain leaves. On the right, the Heath Spotted Orchid [Dactylorhiza incarnata] has heavily dark spotted leaves. [Click on images to enlarge]

Early Marsh Orchid_1Heath Spotted Orchid_1

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