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.

    Identification difficulty

    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