Dactylorhiza iberica

Crimean orchid; Krim Knabenkraut; Helmfingerwurz

An uncommon species of northern Greece, Cyprus, Anatolia, Crimea and western Asia.

A distinctive dactylorchid with lax spikes of pink flowers; the normally 3-lobed labellum is dotted with red marks. By streams or in wet meadows; ascending to 2500 metres, on calcareous soils.

Photographs: Turkey, 1997.
© Alan Hill

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