Common spotted orchid

Common spotted orchid

The Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) is a commonly occurring species of European orchid. It is widely variable in colour and height, ranging from 5 to 60 cm in height. The flower colour can vary from pale pink to pale purple to white, with purple spots and edges. The lip has three lobes.

  • Flowers: June-August.
  • Leaves: narrow lanceolate, keeled, often dark-spotted.
  • Distribution: grassland, on lime.


  • Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. carpatica (Batoušek & Kreutz) Kreutz (Slovakia)
  • Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii (Europe to Siberia and Mongolia)
  • Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. hebridensis (Wilmott) Soó (Great Britain, Ireland)
  • Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. okellyi (Druce) Soó (Great Britain, Ireland)
  • Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. psychrophila (Schltr.) Holub (Europe to Siberia)
  • Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. sooiana (Borsos) Borsos (Slovakia, Hungary)



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