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at Fontmell Down, first orchid of the year that I've spotted.
I expect it's an Early Purple (Orchis mascula)- confirmation or correction welcomed!
I think it looks a bit like Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula) although it is posssibly a wee bit early.
yes you're right it's an Early Purple. I think its always the earliest flowering species in this country.
The blotching on the leaves is very distinctive and the individual flowers are always bigger and chunkier than those of the Dactylorhiza's with spotted leaves that flower much later.