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Marsh Helleborine

Epipactis palustris

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
45 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, marshes, meadows, sand dunes, seaside, wetland.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
Petals are crimson and white, on the inside and outside. The long ruffled lip has a yellow spot in the lower half and crimson streaks in the cup-shaped upper half.
Fruit:
A nodding, ribbed capsule containing many minute seeds.
Leaves:
Long and slender, alternate, stalkless leaves with parallel veins, tapering into a point. Leaf margins are toothless.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
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