This orchid species - Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath spotted orchid / Gevlekte orchis) is a typical orchid in acid, heathy habitats. The flowers are usually rather pale pink with delicate markings, and the lip is broad, resembling a frilled skirt. It can occur in large numbers and gives a real splash of colour to otherwise sombre tracts of moor or bog. The population I visited last thursday holds several thousands of specimens... I never saw a population as big as this one. For todays image is just chose a detail of one flowering spike to show the delicacy of the individual flowers.
image: Ravels (B) - 17/06/2010
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