From the Mediterranean region northwards to Germany and the Low Countries; from Ireland to Turkey.
A frequent dull-coloured orchid with flowers having a lip resembling small human figures. The upper parts of the flower form a 'helmet'.
Upper photograph: Gargano Peninsula, eastern Italy 2002.
Bottom photograph: Montejaque, Andalucia, Spain 1992.
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