Saturday, July 16, 2005

Epipactis helleborine

Epipactis helleborine 2
Originally uploaded by meadow moon.
A friend and I found this orchid in bloom the other day on campus where we work. Pretty sure it is Epipactis helleborine - looks a lot like the flower on this web site, except the colours are a bit more reddish/brown/burgundy rather than pink. There are many plants with flower buds in the forested area where we found the orchids, but it seems that something likes to come along and chomp the bud tips off before the orchid has a chance to bloom. You can see evidence of the tip eaten off in the picture I took this morning of the only plant with surviving blooms.


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