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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

Flowers. May-June

Tall. Short - Med

Flower. The sepals and petals are brownish to dark purple, forming a 12-14mm helmet. The lip is white or pink, 10-15 mm long, with dark purple spots.

Leaves. Two-Three basal, broad, oblong and pointed.

Habitat. Rough grassy areas, scrub and open woodlands; likes calcareous soil; often hills or mountains, but under 2100 m.

Comments. Our thanks to reader P. Pernot who informed us of the correct identification.