Dactylorhiza incarnata subsp. pulchella
A tuberous perennial herb of acidic valley bogs, marshes and damp heathland, often growing with Sphagnum. It also occurs, however, in marshes on more neutral substrates and, occasionally, in fens. 0?395 m (Teesdale, Co. Durham).
This subspecies was first mapped by Perring & Sell (1968), but is now much better recorded in some areas, especially in W. Scotland. It appears to have declined in parts of England and Wales, but this may simply reflect recent under-recording rather than genuine losses.
Subsp. pulchella has been reported from mainland Europe, but its distribution is uncertain.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.