MARSH FRAGRANT-ORCHID

DENSE-FLOWERED FRAGRANT-ORCHID

Gymnadenia densiflora

Orchid Family [Orchidaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8pink
 
flower
flower8mauve
 
morph
morph8zygo
 
petals
petalsZ5
 
type
typeZspiked
dense
type
typeZspurred
 
stem
stem8round
 
smell
smell8fragrant
fragrant
sex
sexZbisexual
 

Photo: © RWD
It often has a dense inflorescence, but don't count on anything with Fragrant Orchids, they are masters of disguise, often disobeying identification books or id keys - anything to stop botanists without access to a gene scanner finding out their true identity.


Photo: © RWD


31st July 2011, Nob End SSSI, Ringley, Gtr Mcr. Photo: © RWD


Dayth Month yearth, where it was found Photo: © RWD
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IDENTIFICATION OF FRAGRANT ORCHIDS
All three species of Fragrant Orchid have a great propensity for their so-called 'identifying features' to overlap so much that quite often it is impossible to separate the three species. The identifying books don't help much either for there are at least 6 ID guides to separating the three species, but often they also disagree on which features are better for identifying them. The only fool-proof reliable way of identifying them for certain is by DNA analysis, whereupon the delineation between the three is clear-cut (it is by this means that the 3 species were split from just one species with 3 sub-species in the first place). But hardly anyone has a DNA analyser, let alone an affordable lightweight portable one for use in the field and even if they had, most plants have not yet been scanned or added to the DNA database (as far as your Author understands - as of March 2019).

Fragrant Orchids are possibly the hardest flowers to reliably and accurately identify in the field, and there are some that cannot. If any reader thinks I have mis-identified any, pleaase let me know which one(s) and what their real identities are - or if it is one of those unidentifiables and just needs deleting (I'll go and dig it up :-).

Some experts say that the 3 species don't flower at the same time, but others say that you cannot rely on this! Most of the 3 Fragrant Orchids dont grow together anyway, some areas have only one species, some two (as in Nob End) and a few (Waitby Greenriggs) all three species, but not usually all flowering at the same time.

But a Fragrant Orchids itself, counting the 3 as just one, is easily identified as a Fragrant Orchid, the trouble only comes when trying to determine which one...

Some experts say that the 3 species don't flower at the same time, but others say that you cannot rely on this! Most of the 3 Fragrant Orchids dont grow together anyway, some areas have only one species, some two (as in Nob End) and a few (Waitby Greenriggs) all three species, but not usually all flowering at the same time.

But a Fragrant Orchids itself, counting the 3 as just one, is easily identified as a Fragrant Orchid, the trouble only comes when trying to determine which one...

Easily confused with : Flower () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]

Not to be semantically confused with : Flower () [a plant with similar name]

Easily mistaken for : Flower ()

Easily mis-identified as : Flower ()

Gymnadenia species form Inter-Genera Hybrids with several other Orchids:

  • (Gymnadenia densiflora × fuchsii) which is found in Cumbria and South Hants as well as probably potentially occurring wherever Marsh Fragrant-orchid occurs.
  • (Gymnadenia densiflora × praetermissa) to produce X Dactylodenia ettlingeriana which is found in Southern England and South Wales.
  • (Gymnadenia densiflora × Dactylorhiza purpurella) which was once found in Westmorland in 2003.

Intergenera hybrids should not really occur if the taxonomy is correct, intergenera hybrids usually indicate that the taxonomy is wrong, but in the case of Orchids, this taxonomy will never be sorted out, there are other unseen players on the field: their fungal partners.

Some similarities to : Flower ()

Slight resemblance to : Flower ()

Superficial resemblance to : Flower ()

Lookee-Likees : Flower ()

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Flower () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].


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Gymnadenia
(Fragrant-Orchids)

MARSH FRAGRANT-ORCHID

DENSE-FLOWERED FRAGRANT-ORCHID

Gymnadenia densiflora

Orchid Family [Orchidaceae]