SOUTHERN MARSH ORCHID
DESCRIPTION: Height up to 60cm. The greyish-green basal leaves are flat and unspotted . There are several sheathing stem leaves. The flowers are purplish with the lower lip with a central tooth and variable darker spots and streaks. The spur is stout and curved with a blunt tip. DISTRIBUTION: Widespread in southern Britain. HABITAT: Damp grassland, open rides, marshes, fens and dune slacks. FLOWERING TIME: June to July.
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