Dactylorhiza fuchsii var. o'kellyi

O'Kelly's orchid

Endemic to Ireland (and Scotland?)

A white-flowered variant of D. fuchsii, known originally only from the Burren in western Ireland. The extent to which this name should be applied to other similar white-flowered variants outside this area is a matter of controversy, and the limits of its variation even at its classic locations are also the subject of disagreement. Classically, it is regarded as having pure white flowers and to be totally lacking in pink coloration and markings, but such plants are usually accompanied by others which show some such coloration.

Compare with typical Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Photograph: The Burren, W Ireland.
© Tom Ennis

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