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HEBRIDEAN MARSH-ORCHID Dactylorhiza ebudensis (Orchidaceae) Height to 52cm. Small, sturdy orchid of grazed and poached marshy dune slacks. Endemic to Britain. FLOWERS are purple with a 3-lobed lip; borne in short, open spikes (May-Jun). FRUITS are egg-shaped. LEAVES are glossy dark green, heavily marked and blotched with purple, and sometimes uniformly deep purple on upperside. STATUS-Rare, almost confined to a few spots on North Uist, Outer Hebrides.
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