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Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)


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The Broad-leaved Helleborine is a tall, dark orchid with leaves that spiral around the stem and purple-tinged, drooping flowers. It flowers from July to September and can be seen mainly in woodlands and scrub. It has has broad, oval leaves with strong veins at its base, and smaller leaves that wind their way up the stem. A single flower spike has loose clusters of drooping flowers that are greenish with a purple tinge. Found throughout the UK, but populations mostly concentrated in England and Northern Ireland. Picture taken at Felmersham Gravel Pits, Bedfordshire 4th August 2012.

5th Aug 2012 by Diane Earl

Biology, Environmental Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: Felmersham, Bedfordshire
Date of artefact: 4th August 2012

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