Leopard Marsh Orchid

Some very interesting orchids have been found on the St.Ann’s Allotments…..

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These are examples of the Leopard Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa “junialis”), the name being derived from the ring-type “leopard” spots on the leaves.  This is an unusual form of the Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa), which has unspotted leaves, and was featured (along with Common Spotted Orchid) in a recent post.

Here’s a close-up of the distinctive leaves….

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And of the flowers (note the different markings from those of the usual form of Southern Marsh Orchid, which have simple spots, not the hooped lines seen here)……..

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This is an exciting find.  Leopard Marsh Orchid is uncommonly seen in Nottingham, and it’s great that there are wild areas on the St.Ann’s site where such notable plants can survive…..

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