A common Eurasian orchid with spotted leaves and flowers varying from purple to white, with darker markings on the lip.
Genus Dactylorhiza, family Orchidaceae: several species, in particular the common spotted orchid (D. fuchsii), which grows chiefly on calcareous soils, and the heath spotted orchid (D. maculata), of damp acid soils‘The beacon site has been colonised by common spotted orchids and the flowers will be in full bloom when the event takes place in July.’
- ‘The striking white and pale blue common spotted orchids were a flowering treasure in the wilderness of the old line between Hull and Hornsea.’
- ‘Over 103 species of grasses and herbs have been recorded in the meadows including green-winged orchid, common spotted orchid, adder's tongue, pepper-saxifrage, yellow rattle and saw-wort.’
- ‘Wild thyme, birdsfoot sedge and a host of other herbs grow among the grasses, alongside common spotted orchid, rock rose and fragrant orchids.’
- ‘Fresh from England any orchid at all is a rarity, but after an hour we are already blasé and we no longer stop for ‘just another spotted orchid’.’