Photos: Co.Cork and Co.Limerick
endemic to Ireland. Flowering time: May-July. Tuberous perennial. Native.
Deep red-purple to pinkish-purple flowers in dense flower spike. Spreading side sepals, broad 3-lobed lip with narrow, pointed mid-lobe, Lip strongly marked with crimson dots and streaks. Broad, spreading leaves with purple blotches/spots, but in parts of Ireland the leaves are unmarked. Robust, stocky growth habit. Variable.
Damp calcareous grassland, fens, roadsides, marshes, dune slacks. Scattered distribution, mainly S, W, NW Ireland.
WEstern Marsh Orchid. Co.Cork June 2007 and Co.Limerick May 2008