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BURNT ORCHID Neotinea ustulata (Orchidaceae) Height to 15cm. Charming perennial of chalk downland. FLOWERS are dark maroon in bud but have a red-spotted white lip and a red hood when open; borne in compact, somewhat cylindrical spikes that are fancifully reminiscent of intact cigar ash (May-Jul). FRUITS are egg-shaped. LEAVES are dull green; they form a basal rosette and also sheathe the stem. STATUS-Very locally common only in S England.