Dactylorhiza ericetorum (E.F.Linton) Aver. 1981 D maculata Group Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Photo Website

Part shadeCold TO CoolLATESpringEARLYSummer

Common Name The Heather Loving Dactylorhiza

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Ireland, Great Britain, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany in full sun to mid shade in peaty heathlands, sphagnum marshes and seepages in very acidic, damp to wet soils as a small to just medium szied, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a slender, solid stem carrying 3 to 5, ereect to spreading, narrowly lanceolate to linear, keeled, spotted on upper surface leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long, dense, conical to ovoid, 15 to 35 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Dactylorhiza maculata subsp. ericetorum (E.F.Linton) P.F.Hunt & Summerh.1965; Orchis ericetorum (E.F.Linton) A.Benn. 1905; Orchis fuchsii subsp. rhoumensis Hesl.-Harr f. 1948; *Orchis maculata var. ericetorum E.F.Linton 1900

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005;