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Narrow-lipped Helleborine

Epipactis leptochila

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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:
60 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Sand dunes, woodland.

Flower:
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Green, 5 petals
 
Flowers are arranged spikes of up to 35 but usually much fewer. The slightly nodding, pale yellowish-green flowers often only partly open. They are similar in appearance to the much more frequently seen Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine) but the petals are much more pointed. Narrow-lipped Helleborine also has a lip with whitish edges and white or purple markings. The flowers are short-lived.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule which produces many dust-like seeds.
Leaves:
Narrow, linear, alternate leaves going up the stem. Can be found growing on sand dunes and in beech and birch woods (sometimes also alder and hazel).
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
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