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Dune Helleborine

Epipactis dunensis

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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
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
80 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Sand dunes, scrub, seaside, woodland.

Flower:
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Green, 5 petals
 
Small pale yellow or green flowers with pinkish lips. The flowers never fully open and are therefore often described as being dull. Wind pollinated.
Fruit:
A capsule filled with several tiny seeds.
Leaves:
Leaves appear in pairs and are yellow to light green. The Dune Helleborine has a tendency to grow mainly on dune slacks inside pine plantations or willow scrub. It is a rare orchid species which is endemic to Britain.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen