Syn.: Orchis incarnata L., Orchis strictifolia Opitz, Dactylorhiza strictifolia (Opitz) Rauschert
Family: Orchidaceae Juss.

Dactylorhiza incarnata

Distribution: Western, Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Southern Scandinavia, Western Siberia.

Ecology: It grows in fens and fens meadows with high level of underground water, from lowlands to foothills.

Description: A perennial herb with an erect stem, 30–60 cm high. The leaves are lanceolate, erect, yellowish-green, unspotted. The spike cylindrical, to 20 cm long, the flowers are pink, rarely white. Flowers from May to June. The fruit is a capsule.

Threat and Protection: The Early Marsh Orchid is a protected plant in some countries (CZ, SK), simultaneously is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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These images were taken in Czechia, Moravia, Obůrky-Třeštěnec and Brno, Hády (from 17. 5. to 29. 5. 2003).