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Flowers:

February to April

Orchis quadripunctata (Orchidaceae)

Four-spotted Orchid

A small orchid with white to pink flowers having two rows of spots (4 - 8!) in the throat. Stems are reddish and leaves usually spotted. Distinguished from the similar O. anatolica by the curved spur curving downwards.

Woodlands on igneous or chalky rocks. Locally common.

 

 Smigies. 20.3.2004