D praetermissa

Stormarihand - Dactylorhiza praetermissa

Dactylorhiza praetermissa in the Netherlands. Foto: © Karel Kreutz

Dactylorhiza praetermissa – Northern Marsh Orchid

Previously Dactylorhiza praetermissa – Nothern Marsh Orchid only known from southern England and France, Holland and Belgium. In Denmark, the first confirmed finds made in 1977 in north-western Jutland where they found a 1,000-odd plants in a thicket area. There  were found a few plants at Stadt in Western Norway of botanist Nordhagen in 1972 that was possibly Dactylorhiza praetermissa, and in that case the first discovery in Norway.

The species has not been recovered in retrospect. The facility which Mr. Nordhagen had found growing along a short course of the river from a nearby lake. The water level was lowered and the locality where Nordhagen had found his plant was totally changed. In Lid Flora (2005) large marine hand included in the list of orchids in Norway.

Summer 2007 we were two persons who scrutinized this area Stadt hunting for D. praetermissa. The areas have many D. maculata, excellent stocks of D. purpurata and some D. fuchsii. We found more than 30 hybrids. 22 specimens were photographed, and these were two to three plants that could resemble D. praetermissa. Our conclusion is that these plants were hybrids. The pictures were later summer presented the Danish botany professorHenrik credit Lund Pedersen  who confirmed based on the pictures our conclusion.