Burren Flowers - Common Spotted Orchid
Botanical : Dactylorhiza Fuchsii
As Gaeilge : Nuacht Bhallach
Family : Orchidaceae - orchid family
The Common Spotted Orchid flowers in the Burren between the months of June and August. The Common Spotted Orchid is native to Ireland. It's a perennial with a flowering stem to 50cm. The Common Spotted Orchid flowers come in almost white to pale pink to deep pink. It's labellum (or lip) is deeply divided into 3 more or less equal lobes. The middle lobe is slightly longer than the laterals. The Common Spotted Orchid leaves are usually spotted with elongated spots. The Common Spotted Orchid is very variable throughout the Burren. It can be found in woodlands, marshes and Burren grassland in neutral soil.
Burren Flowers Greeting Cards - Common Spotted Orchid
This beautiful pair of Common Spotted Orchids were photographed in the Burren at Poll Salach, near Fanore. They can be purchased in Greeting Card set mbf007 along with an Early Purple Orchid, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Common Dog Violet with Blackthorn and Scurvy Grass.
Other Burren Greeting Cards featuring the Common Spotted Orchid
The Common Spotted Orchid flowers as the Early Purple Orchid fades out. At a time when the similar Heath Spotted Orchid is also flowering it can prove difficult to identify. The Common Spotted Orchid is also featured in Greeting Card pack mbf005 and, in one of my favourite shots overshadowing a Bloody Crane's-Bill, in pack mbf002.