Flowers of the orchid family are amongst the most sought after of Dorset's flora, as are the mystical gentians. I have included the other exotic looking families of lilies and irises with them. To find out more about any of the species click on the link to the Nature of Dorset.
I guess many of us struggle with Latin scientific names. They are so much harder to remember than the English common name. Specific names are important however and this plant really shows why that is so.