(Reichenbach) P.F. Hunt & Summerhayes
[Dactylorhiza maculata] (Linnaeus) Soo
Spotted Orchid, Timmins Orchid
Leopard Marsh Orchid
|Location||Ontario and Newfoundland.|
Presumed to favour wet ground and open areas, because related to the British and European 'marsh orchids'. Only known locations near Timmins, Ontario (Cochrane District): on the shores of a lake and in a semi-open alder thicket.
|Flowering Season||Early to mid July.|
Height to 60 cm.
The Timmins Orchid was first reported as Orchis purpurella Steph.
& Steph. (Andrews,1961), but in 1972 a specimen at TRT was revised
to Dactylorhiza majalis (Reichenb.) Hunt & Summerhayes by
L.A. Garay. Photographs and herbarium specimens were sent by J.
McNeill to P.S. Hunt, formerly orchid specialist at Kew. Dr. Hunt and
other British experts think the Timmins plant belongs to the complex Dactylorhiza
maculata group. The plant's origin at Timmins is a mystery and the
plants have not been identified with certainty. It is unlikely the plant
reached Canada by natural means, since Timmins is a long way from coastlines.
Guide to Orchids of North America
© Royal Botanical Gardens, Dr. Donald Gunn Image Collection.