Orchids for Summer

Irish Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza kerryensis, AKA Dactylorhiza occidentalis, AKA Dactylorhiza majalis var. kerryensis, Irish native orchid species growing in the wild, Irish name: Magairlin gaelach, Gortaforia, Ring of Kerry, County Kerry, IrelandIrish Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza kerryensis, AKA Dactylorhiza occidentalis, AKA Dactylorhiza majalis var. kerryensis, Irish native orchid species growing in the wild, Irish name: Magairlin gaelach, Gortaforia, Ring of Kerry, County Kerry, IrelandIrish Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza kerryensis, AKA Dactylorhiza occidentalis, AKA Dactylorhiza majalis var. kerryensis, Irish native orchid species growing in the wild, Irish name: Magairlin gaelach, Gortaforia, Ring of Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland

Celebrate today’s summer solstice with this wonderful Irish Marsh Orchid, blooming last week in County Kerry. This species is native only to the Emerald Isle. In the Irish language, it’s called Magairlin gaelach.┬áThe intense colors and spotted patterns on the flower lip rival the showiness of many better-known tropical cousins. These European terrestrial species can be tricky to identify, but fortunately, orchid expert friends helped me name it. Happy solstice to all. Photos courtesy of Brenda Hogue.

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