Military orchid ??

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gertrude

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Military orchid ??
« on: April 25, 2021, 01:26:31 PM »
I think this may be a miltary orchid, can someone confirm
Pete and Jan. Retired 18 years ago and moved to Le Marche, Italy for the peace and quiet of the countryside and more sunshine, where gardening became a challenge.  We now have a lovely garden with an eclectic selection of plants including many wild flowers of which we are found of.

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Fleur Pavlidis

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Re: Military orchid ??
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 07:07:50 PM »
Look at Dactylorhiza. We have D romana on our mountain which is very variable in colour and markings,  but Iím not sure that this is that one.
 
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gertrude

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Re: Military orchid ??
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2021, 12:59:45 PM »
Thanks Fleur for your suggestion, but no,  Alistair came up with the answer Green winged orchid,  Orchis  morio. 
Just shows what happens when the land is allowed to go back to nature, alll sorts of things turn up..
Pete and Jan. Retired 18 years ago and moved to Le Marche, Italy for the peace and quiet of the countryside and more sunshine, where gardening became a challenge.  We now have a lovely garden with an eclectic selection of plants including many wild flowers of which we are found of.

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Re: Military orchid ??
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2021, 08:26:06 AM »
Certainly do - the land around our first house here in Italy had been farmed before I started to create my garden and so there was little of great interest in the early years but I made many areas semi-wild and gradually things began to appear including a good stand of Orchis purpurea - Lady Orchid. It was thrilling to see the numbers increase each year.
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.