Reddish Vale Country Park
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Common Spotted Orchid
The Common spotted Orchid is a native perennial of marshes, wet meadows, grassy slopes, woods and fens.
Fairly common throughout Britain but rare in Scotland.
Grows to a height of 50cm, flowers June to August.
Orchids are elegant and beautiful flowering plants. The petals form amazing shapes and colours.
Orchids all have either a root capable of sprouting a new plant or the base of the stem is swollen into a bulb like growth.
Most orchids of the world are found in the tropics and are epiphytic, growing on the branches and trunks of trees. Species found in Britain however, mostly grow out of the soil.
The survival of most orchids depends upon a close relationship with underground fungi. This important relationship is known as a mycorrhizal association.