Dactylorhiza viridis - Frog Orchid

Dactylorhiza viridis - Frog Orchid

Taxonomy

Phylum: Magnoliophyta

Class: Liliopsida

Order: Orchidales

Family: Orchidaceae

Formerly placed in its own genus, Coeloglossum, the Frog Orchid was reclassified following the discovery that its genetic makeup is very similar to that of the Spotted-orchids and Marsh-orchids with which it sometimes hybridises.

Hard to spot on even closely cut or grazed turf due to its small size (normally 5 - 15 cm) the Frog Orchid's flowers are supposed to resemble frogs. It depends on how vivid an imagination you have! This orchid can be found in Britain, Europe (including Slovenia), the Near East and a subspecies also grows in America.

The Frog Orchid also grows in Anglesey, North Wales.

The specimen above was photographed at Noar Hill in Hampshire in June.

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