HEATH SPOTTED ORCHID
DESCRIPTION: Height up to 35cm. A frilly looking flower with the lowest petal lobed and the central lobe no bigger than the outside lobes. The flowers are pale pink to violet with variable darker pink markings or spots. Lowest leaves generally 3 x as long as broad. All leaves have spots that are rounded and sometimes the leaves can be completely spotless. DISTRIBUTION: Widespread on chalk and limestone becoming local in southern Scotland where it is recorded from only a few mainland sites. HABITAT: Damp, acid heathland is the ideal growing environment. FLOWERING TIME: June to July.
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