This is because the northern marsh orchid hybridises quite easily with neighbouring orchids, including the common spotted orchid
. So it takes a top botanist to be absolutely certain that he is looking at the real deal.
Details: www.welshwildlife.org TAF FECHAN, MERTHYR TYDFIL Made up of ancient broadleaved woodlands and calcareous grasslands that are carpeted with wildflowers including bluebells, wild thyme, common spotted orchid
and mouse-ear hawkweed.
There are seven species of bat and England's second largest colony of coral-root orchid, plus northern marsh and common spotted orchid
, species of beetle, bee and moth which are nationally and regionally rare, and in summer nine species of butterfly.
Retired geologist Jeff Walters had been photographing the heath spotted orchid
for years and was "devastated" when it disappeared this week.
Forss slides gently seawards through green meadow lands, decked with purple and spotted orchid
, tormentil, bugle, milkwort and primrose.
Wild orchids to look out for include the heath orchid and Hebridean spotted orchid
The species was so at home that two crimson and purple rhodochila variants of the normally pink common spotted orchid
blossomed at the Coryton interchange.
Yn yr ardd fechan, wyllt yma roedd dwsinau o degeirian brych y rhos (Dactylorhiza maculata; heath spotted orchid
The common spotted orchid
- or Dactylorhiza fuchsii - is dwindling in Britain as its natural habitats vanish.
He personally counts the tiny flowers, mostly southern marsh orchid and common spotted orchid
, hidden in three acres of wild meadows and keeps a note of their progress.
Flowers like the cowslip, meadow cranesbill, common spotted orchid
and lady's bedstraw grow on special kinds of grassland which are often threatened by new building, road developments and grass cutting.
"We think we have a hybrid, probably from a southern marsh orchid and a spotted orchid
or possibly something else.