Neotinea maculata. Dense flowered orchid.

Life-form & Growth Form:

Non-bulbous geophyte. Herbaceous perennial. Little/no vegetative spread. 

Flowering period: 

May and June.

Habitats: 

Base-rich, species-rich habitats such as grazed limestone grasslands; rarely also within Corylus and Fraxinus woodland.  

Threats:

Overgrazing and trampling by livestock. Under-grazing leading to scrub encroachment. Ploughing. Application of excessive amounts of fertiliser either directly or via run-off. Re-seeding pastures with agricultural or amenity grasses.  

Static distribution map:
Neotinea maculata
Neotinea maculata
For an interactive map follow this link to the BSBI webpage