Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Liliopsida - Order: Orchidales - Family: Orchidaceae
To find a recognisable orchid hybrid in the wild is exciting, but they are notoriously difficult to identify accurately because, even in relatively small groups of hybrids with the same two parent species, there can be considerable variation in the shape, size, and most confusing of all, lip pattern and form of the flowers. Hybrids between Military Orchid and Man Orchid are relatively common in some parts of Europe, notably in France where the plants on this page were photographed.
The hybrid name spurium means 'false' or 'spurious'.
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