Orchid Photos - Page 2
Helleborine (Epipactis palustris) is widespread
but localised to wet, marshy habitats, such as Dry
Sandford Pit in Oxfordshire, where I photographed these
plants. The individual flowers are stunning miniatures of
gaudy tropical hybrids.
(main photo) Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/500s, f/8
|The Dark Red Helleborine (Epipactis
is confined to a few Northern sites, mainly in Cumbria and Durham, where
the plants thrive in the 'grikes' (narrow gullies) within limestone
pavements. It has become increasingly hard to find over recent years,
but the deep red flowers are unmistakeable. Like many orchids, it
hybridises readily, so that local variations can often be found.
There are good descriptions of such variations and hybrids on
Bryan Yorke's web pages
Olympus E-M5 with 60mm macro lens, 1/160s@f/9, ISO640 (main photo)
Broad-Leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)
is the most widespread of this group but is very variable
in appearance. These examples, at the BBOWT Bix Reserve
in Oxfordshire are robust specimens, with purple flowers
that are smaller and darker than the Violet Helleborine
(below) and broad basal leaves.
Olympus E-M1 with , 1/50s@ f/3.5 ISO800
Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata) lives in the
gloomy caverns of Southern Beechwoods. The whitish
flowers are borne on a deep purple flower spike. I
photographed this plant at the Berks, Bucks, and Oxon
Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) reserve at Bix.
(main photo) Nikon D70 with 18-70mm lens (at 18mm), 1/15s, f/11
Narrow-lipped Helleborine (Epipactis leptochila)
is scarce and local in the beechwoods of the Cotswolds
and Chilterns. The plant is almost uniformly green and
the tip of the flower lip projects forward, unlike most
other helleborines. I photographed these specimens at the
BBOWT reserve at Bix.
(main photo) Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/60s, f/3.3
green colouration makes the Green-Flowered Helleborine (Epipactis
phyllanthes) rather hard to find. It is an elusive
plant that can disappear from known sites and then appear
unexpectedly in new places. The green flowers rarely open
fully, if at all. I found this example on the verge of a
lane near the BBOWT Reserve at Bix in Oxfordshire.
(main photo) Nikon D70 with 18 - 70mm lens, 1/60s, f/11
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