West Highland Flora

Broad-leaved Helleborine


Epipactis helleborine

 

Epipactis helleborine

Photo Derrick Ditchburn
Wild Flowers of North America
(Victoria BC)

Very rare in limestone woods.

Height c 20-60 cm.  Flower diameter c 12-20 mm.  Lowest petal of flower c 9-11 mm long.

ID: Flowers greenish-red, the cup-shaped basal section of the lowest petal being all dark inside and not red-spotted as in Dark Red Helleborine.

Other features: Leaves broader and flowers larger than in Dark Red Helleborine.  Both species have upper stem downy.  Leaves spirally arranged, not in two rows, and spreading more or less horizontally.

 

Epipactis helleborine

Photo Derrick Ditchburn
Wild Flowers of North America
(Victoria BC)

 

Plant in RH pic is growing in a
wild patch within a garden, it
may or may not be wild.

  Epipactis helleborine

Photo Carl Farmer
10 Jul 2004 Ord, Skye
Lowest visible leaf c 3.4 cm long


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