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|Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris) is a rather scarce plant of lowland marshy alkaline ground such as fens, wet dune-slacks and flooded railway cuttings.|
The plants have about half a dozen narrow leaves and a one-side flower spike of between four and twenty flowers. The flowering period stretches from June to September and the flowers are pollinated by bees; they have a whitish lower lip and the rest of the flower is tinged reddish or brownish.
There is a creeping rootstock below the soil surface enabling the plant to spread over large areas of ground.
All names: Epipactis palustris (L.) Crantz.; Epipactis longifolia All.; Helleborine palustris (L.) Schrank
There were literally hundreds of these plants growing on the dunes
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Hello Anita and Mike,
Very nice species, taken with fine colours and details. Interesting to read that they grows in the dunes. I must search also in Belgium... Cheers,
- [2010-07-12 6:43]
Shalom Anita and Mike,
Lovely species! The picture is very pleasant, showing well the details and fine colors of the orchid.
Thank you and best regards,