The Marsh Fragrant Orchid
Both Heath and Marsh Fragrant used to be classed as sub-species of the Common Fragrant Orchid, but I
believe now, that they have been given specific status in their own right.
I think the names Marsh and Heath are a little confusing because both indicate "boggy" ground.
The main difference in habitat is that the Heath Fragrant prefers acid soil, as can be found in the
New Forest and Marsh Fragrant is more at home in alkali soil or chalky ground.
This is the flower of the Marsh Fragrant orchid and it can be distinguishedfrom the other two by several differences.