Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii (x Dactyloglossum mixtum) (Asch. & Graebner) Rauschert - Hybrid Common Spotted x Frog Orchid - Orchidaceae
Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii (x Dactyloglossum mixtum)
© Alan Hill
Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii (x Dactyloglossum mixtum)
© John Wilde
Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii (x Dactyloglossum mixtum)
© John Wilde
Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii (x Dactyloglossum mixtum)
(Map updated: March 2008)
Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii (x Dactyloglossum mixtum)
© Alan Hill
 

This is the hybrid between the Common Spotted-Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) and the Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride). It is rarely encountered but can occur where the two parent species grow close together. This hybrid has been found twice within the past thirty years at Killard Nature Reserve in Co Down, where the photographs were taken.

Like many hybrids, it varies greatly, showing a spectrum of variation from individuals which resemble Frog Orchid, through intermediate forms to plants which are more like Common Spotted-Orchid.

Like most hybrids, it is probably incapable of setting seed.

All names: Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii (x Dactyloglossum mixtum) (Asch. & Graebner) Rauschert; Coeloglossum x Dactyloglossum mixtum (Asch. & Graebner) Rauschert; Coeloglossum viride x Dactylorhiza fuchsii