Common Spotted-orchid - Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Alt Name
Common Spotted Orchid

Short to medium plant. Leaves 7 to 12 usually dark spotted. Bracts usually shorter than flowers. Flowers vary in colour from whitish. to reddish purple, the lip with deeper, looped line markings and spots. Lip 7 to 11 mm deeply 3 lobed.

Photo ID?

Grassy habitats and open woods.

When to see it

June to early August.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, and can be quite common in favoured locations. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 91 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map