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Northern Marsh Orchid
The Northern marsh orchid, Dactylorhiza purpurella, can be recognised by its vivid purple-violet flower colour, as well as by its lip marked with dark spots and lines that do not usually form loops. It is difficult to distinguish from other marsh orchids and was not described as a separate species until 1920. This orchid is predominantly found in the northern part of the UK extending from the West Wales coast and up into Scotland and the Western Isles, it is also found in Northern Ireland. Found in damp coastal dune slacks in Scotland and Wales. It flowers from late May into July.
Photographed by Gill Winter in the Aberffraw Dunes.