Dactylorhiza purpurella

Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. purpurella

Northern Marsh Orchid; Purpurnblütiges Knabenkraut

North-western Europe from Ireland to Scandinavia

A handsome orchid with reddish-purple flowers; fens, grassland, sand dunes, old quarries; usually in damp places.

See also Dactylorhiza x venusta.

Photographs: County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 2005.
© Paul Hackney.

Bottom photograph: habitat view; chalk quarry, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland 2005
© Paul Hackney.

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