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Neotinea lactea.
Orchis lacté.
Milky orchid.

Neotinea lactea is very close to Neotinea tridentata or Neotinea conica and there is great confusion between these species. The iconography of the authors can also be confusing because it sometimes diverges from the descriptions. We must therefore remain cautious before stating with certainty which species it is: conica, tridentata or lactea. The differences relating, among other things, to the size of the flowers or the shape of the floral stem, I do not hesitate to assert that when observed in the field, these variations exist within the same station and therefore appear to be of little discrimination. since if they are different species, the risk of hybridization is high for plants sharing the same biotope and flowering at the same time.  In the current state of the descriptions in the various guides, I have grouped my views under N lactea. 

However, it is almost impossible to make a mistake when encountering it and to confuse it with other neotinea (ustulata or maculata). The  Stems are quite stocky and the plant is often not very tall. The flowers have a white or pink background and are pigmented. The helmet is streaked with green like Anacamptis morio. 

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