Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)
(June 2013) Seen in the grassland below Duart Castle, in Mull.
Dactylorhiza fuchsii, the common spotted orchid, is a common species of orchid. It is widespread across much of Europe, with the range extending eastward into Siberia, Mongolia and Xinjiang. The species is also reportedly naturalised in the Canadian Province of Ontario.
Dactylorhiza fuchsii is widely variable in colour and height, ranging from 15 to 60 cm in height. The dense and rich-flowered inflorescence (flower spike), produced in June–August, is at first conical then cylindrical... more