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Helleborines (Epipactis)

Marsh Helleborine Marsh Helleborine  The Marsh 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.

July 2005

(main photo) Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/500s, f/8

 

 

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Marsh Helleborine 

Dark Red Helleborine 

Dar Red Helleborine  The Dark Red Helleborine (Epipactis atrorubens) 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

June 2017

Olympus E-M5 with 60mm macro lens, 1/160s@f/9, ISO640 (main photo)

 

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Dark Red Helleborine 

Broad-leaved Helleborine

Broad-leaved Helleborine The 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.

August 2016

Olympus E-M1 with , 1/50s@ f/3.5 ISO800

 

 

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Broad-leaved Helleborine
Violet Helleborine Violet Helleborine  The Violet 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.

 

July 2004

(main photo) Nikon D70 with 18-70mm lens (at 18mm), 1/15s, f/11

 

 

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Violet Helleborine 
Narrow-lipped Helleborine Narrow-lipped Helleborine  The 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.

August 2004

(main photo) Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/60s, f/3.3

 

 

 

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Narrow-lipped Helleborine 
Green-flowered Helleborine  Green-flowered Helleborine The overall 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.

August 2004

(main photo) Nikon D70 with 18 - 70mm lens, 1/60s, f/11

 

 

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Green-flowered Helleborine 
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