The orchid mystery


Last year I found a wild orchid that puzzled me, and I couldn’t find out what kind of orchid it was. I made a post of it, of the secretive swedish beauty. Got a lot of response, but no more knowledge about the species. After some while I was contacted by a swedish expert of orchids, who said this probably was a hybrid of two species. Anyway, I went back to the same place this year, and there it was again. But last year I found two plants of this small beauty. This year it was only one. The picture above is from this year, the one below, from last year. Here is a link to all my photo galleries of wild Scandinavian orchids.

It is 23th July and I have to do an update, because I got in touch with the swedish expert, who have a very interesting site about European Orchids. In his opinion this is a mix between the Common Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata) and the Frog orchid (Coeloglossum viride). Great to know.


78 thoughts on “The orchid mystery

    1. Yes, lucky, and I will be very excited next year, if there are any. The one missing from last year was in the middle of a trail. The orchids wants the light, but some times they take chances.


  1. Its very interesting to have spotted a hybrid and lucky an expert saw the photo. I like to find out the names of things too but as I’m just starting on flowers and insects I hope I find ones that are easy to Google 🙂 Never the less it is a beautiful flower, perhaps I should be less fixated by naming things and just enjoy them.


    1. The wild orchids are very exciting and fascinating. We have 30 something different ones, and just a very short season. Not all of them in my region, but many. Thanks for your comment, Anneli.


  2. Truly beautiful! Did the expert say what mix this might be? And, couldn’t it be named after you – as it seems you’re the one who found it? A bit sad though that only one was left this year. I hope it will survive and bring more to life!


    1. It is probably “found” before, Lagotto. And it might be more of them, even if I didn’t see any. The expert gave me his thero of what kind of orchids made this hybrid, but I am ashamed to say I don’t remember. It will be in one of my thousands of email from last winter…


  3. I’m not an expert though, I might have seen thousand of them yet this one looks rather funny shape.
    Looks like paper-doll of Angel. Very nice discovery and good documentation. Well done Bente.


  4. If an orchid specialist says this is something special, I’d be all aflutter! Me being a plant geek, I’d totally get it named after me! Let’s Latin out the name. .. Bentesi Haardstantii orchid! =)


  5. Good for you for pursuing your mystery orchid. Perhaps with further advances in genetic technology there will one day be a machine that we can touch a plant with, and the device will tell us what the plant is.


  6. Lovely orchid, and nice to see one now in July. They’ve been over for 6 weeks or more here in Southern France, athough we’re lucky enough to have dozens of species if you care to look.


  7. I was just visiting my parents near the coast and also went out again chasing the wild orchids I heard of growing in the meadows nearby. Last year, I couldn’t find them and this year seemed even more difficult as the grass had grown very high. But suddenly, I saw something that looked like an orchid, albeit one that was already withered, leaving behind just dry shells of what were blossoms a while ago. Once I knew what to look out for, I found many more and maybe next year I’ll come earlier to see them flowering 🙂


    1. They don’t flower for such a long time, at least not around here, so I bet you will be there in the right time next year. By the way, high growing grass or other rich vegetation is not good for wild orchids. Less grazing animals and less harvesting of gras is the reason they are in decline in Scandinavia. Thanks, Viola and good luck with next year.


  8. Bente: Do you have Lady Slippers in Norway? They’re comparatively rare in Maine, and protected. We find quite a few of the pink flowers in the woods here in southwestern Maine, but the yellow flower is rarely found, though I have seen a dozen or so over the years. Google Maine Lady Slipper and select


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