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Orchids

Dactylorhiza incarnata

 

 

Family - ORCHIDACEAE

Genus - Dactylorhiza

Species - incarnata

Common English name - Early marsh orchid

Flowering time - May - July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Greek meaning finger-like root, the Dactylorhiza genus was split from the Orchis genus partly due to the lobed tubers. Of the seven species growing in the Picos de Europa (with a propensity to hybridise among some of them), incarnata is one of the largest with showy spikes of up to 50 flowers on each.

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The plants can grow to 70 cm. Spurs are cylindrical, short and straight. The lip of the flower, with a small tooth, appears narrower than it really is because it tends to bend backwards. A good distinguishing feature of the flower are the lozenge-shaped rings on the side lobes.

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The leaves are a pale green and usually unspotted.

dactylorhiza_incarnata early_marsh_incarnata

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