Common spotted orchid flowers

Common spotted orchid flowers

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Caption: Common spotted orchid flowers (Dactylorhiza fuchsii). Only some of the flowers in this cluster have opened. The spotted petal of each flower is called the lip. This is a specialised petal to attract pollinators and provide them with a landing platform. This is a terrestrial orchid (one that grows in the soil), found in bogs and meadows throughout Europe. This specimen was photographed at Aston Clinton Ragpits in Aylesbury Vale, England. There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers.

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