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Dactylorhiza maculata – Spotted Heath Orchid reaches on average 15–45 centimetres (5.9–18 in) of height, with a maximum of 70 centimetres (28 in). These plants are bulbous geophytes, as they bring their buds in underground tubers or bulbs, organs that annually produce new stems, leaves and flowers. Furthermore these orchids are “terrestrial”, because unlike “epiphyte” species do not live at the expense of other plants of major sizes. This orchid has an erect, glabrous and cylindrical stem, with a streaked surface. The leaves are oblong or oval-lanceolate, with dark ellipsoid-shaped “spots” on the surface (hence the species name).
Found on Culloden moor in Scotland in a bog. Wikepedia
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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,
    .

  • Thank you Ann

    – kalaryder

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 3 years ago

    Simply beautiful!

  • Thanks Bela

    – kalaryder

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 3 years ago

  • Thank you Tracy – delighted with the feature

    – kalaryder

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    very pretty flower, must be beautiful to see in person

  • Yes, it was worth getting wet feet

    – kalaryder

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    Please include the country in your description, I know where Culloden is, others may not

  • Oh dear, forgot that did I, will do Vickie

    – kalaryder

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Thanks Marvin

    – kalaryder

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    Awesome! An instant fav for me Kala.

  • Thankyou Don, that is most kind

    – kalaryder

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your very beautiful feature!!

  • Thank you Linda

    – kalaryder

  • Ian Alex Blease
    Ian Alex Bleasealmost 3 years ago

    Terrific !

  • I was excited to find this, first one :)

    – kalaryder

  • Ian Alex Blease
    Ian Alex Bleasealmost 3 years ago

    I’m glad you did :) They are amazing plants.

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