Early Purple Orchid

Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid

As this orchid was found at the end of April elbowing its way up amongst the bluebells it is likely to be an Early Purple Orchid, although it also looks a bit like the Common Purple Spotted Orchid.  Both have leaves that are marked with dark blotches, as can be seen in the full length picture:

Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid

The Natural History Museum has an exhaustive pamphlet to differentiate between orchid varieties:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/content/dam/nhmwww/take-part/Citizenscience/orchid-observers/orchid-observers-id-guide.pdf

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