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Northern Marsh Orchids growing in the grass.
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Image details:  
Image Description: Northern Marsh Orchids growing in the grass.
Image notes: This dark purple shade is not found in any other Shetland orchid
Species in Image: Northen Marsh-Orchid
Date: 1983
Old Haa Image Reference Number: btc03806

General details:  
Common Name Northen Marsh-Orchid
Latin Name Dactylorhiza majalis
Family Name Orchidaceae
Description Subspecies Purpurella. Local name: Curl Dodie. Native. Grows on marshes and damp pastures, though occasionally appearing on dry roadside verges. Flowers of this orchid are a rich purple shade not found in other Shetland orchids. Flowers late May - Early June.
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