Orchis purpurea

Lady orchid; Orchis casque; Purpur-knabenkraut; Orchide purpureo

Very widespread; from England to Turkey and the Caucasus and northwards as far as Denmark, Germany and Poland; N. Africa.

A tall species of grasslands, scrub and woodland; mainly on limestone

Photograph: Gargano Peninsula, eastern Italy 2002.
Alan Hill.

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