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dactylorhiza sp id please? (Guernsey)

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Old Wednesday 19th May 2010, 19:24   #1
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dactylorhiza sp id please? (Guernsey)

D. maculata? D. maculata x praetermissa? I'm confused! if it helps it was the sole plant in a field of loose-flowered so it seems to have bloomed ahead of all the other dacts and it was big (both of which are making me think hybrid).
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Old Thursday 20th May 2010, 12:55   #2
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Quote from Sue Daly's book "Wildlife of the Channel Islands"

"The Southern Marsh-Orchid, Dactylorhiza praetermissa is easy to confuse with Heath and Early spotted orchids, a mistake made all the more easy by the number of hybrids between these three species"

.... but Southern-marsh should have unspotted leaves... the flower shape isn't quite right for Comon spotted... and there's fewer spots on the leaves than would be expected

Hmm I dunno... and I need to be back at work! L8rs
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Old Thursday 20th May 2010, 15:30   #3
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I was looking at the Guernsey bio records site which similarly pointed out the leaf-spotting issue. I think for the reason of the shape and the leaf spotting I'm going with a heath/southern marsh hybrid.

Is there much in flower on sark?
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Old Thursday 20th May 2010, 16:39   #4
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Sark's sinking under the weight of flowers!

You come here to do a garden... and find that nature doesn't need help!
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It is obviously a hybrid and appears indeed to be maculata x pratermissa


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