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FROG ORCHID Dacylorhiza viridis  (Orchidaceae) Height to 20cm. A short and compact orchid, mostly found on calcareous grassland. FLOWERS are fancifully frog-like; the sepals and upper petals form a greenish hood and the lip is 6-8mm long and yellowish-brown; the flowers are borne in an open spike (Jun-Aug). FRUITS form and swell at the base of the flowers. LEAVES are broad, oval and form a basal rosette, with narrower leaves partially sheathing the lower part of the stem. STATUS-Widespread and locally common on chalk downs in the S, and N upland pastures.
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FROG ORCHID Dacylorhiza viridis (Orchidaceae) Height to 20cm. A short and compact orchid, mostly found on calcareous grassland. FLOWERS are fancifully frog-like; the sepals and upper petals form a greenish hood and the lip is 6-8mm long and yellowish-brown; the flowers are borne in an open spike (Jun-Aug). FRUITS form and swell at the base of the flowers. LEAVES are broad, oval and form a basal rosette, with narrower leaves partially sheathing the lower part of the stem. STATUS-Widespread and locally common on chalk downs in the S, and N upland pastures.

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Date: 14 Jun 2012
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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