Paludorchis laxiflora (Lax-flowered Orchid) is traditionally a Mediterranean species, which, thanks to climate change (hotter summers, moderate winters), is increasingly found in the north. In the past, the species was discovered a few times in Belgium and in the Netherlands, but the northernmost habitats were limited to the coast of northwestern France. In 2020, one plant was found near Nisse in the Province of Zeeland, the Netherlands. A year later the plant flowered again. The plant was, however, missing in 2022, which was probably caused by the very dry spring because the species grows almost always in moist to wet arid grasslands. There is no doubt about the originality of the site. It is not only extremely suitable for this species, but it also located in a very remote place.

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C.A J. Kreutz, P. Alblas, & W. Lammers. (2023). IJle moerasorchis (Paludorchis laxiflora) teruggevonden in Nederland. Gorteria Dutch Botanical Archives, 45(1), 1–10.