Dactylorhiza fuchsii x Gymnadenia borealis

  (Bigeneric Hybrid between Common Spotted and Heath Fragrant Orchid)

Photographed by Patrick Marks

Scotland

These pictures show the characteristic variability of hybrids, which may be due in part to which species supplies the pollen. 

In all cases, the long spur comes from the Gymnadenia parent, while the broad, patterned lip comes from the Dactylorhiza side. These hybrids are often sweetly scented.