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Epipactis dunensis

Epipactis dunensis
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Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 550 D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids of Great Britain [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-24 5:52
Viewed: 2925
Points: 10
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Dune helleborine
(Epipactis dunensis)

Very similar to the narrow-lipped helleborine, the two were actually thought to be the same species until studies of their DNA revealed this wasn't the case.

This rare orchid has broad yellow-green leaves which grow upwards in pairs along the stem. It's petals are simlarly coloured with a pinky-white lip and green tip.

Located on the coast on dunes in Anglesey and Lancashire. Sites further inland can be found in Northumberland and Scotland.

Moist habitats, usually in coastal sand dunes and scrub on metal-polluted soil.

Best time to see
Flowers July to August.

County flower of Lanarkshire.

Rarities bloom in unexpected places, but there are few less likely plant ‘hotspots' than the Lanarkshire's coal 'bings'.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-24 6:43]

Hello Anita and Mike,
A fine capture of a species of helleborine that I never knew existed. The POV shows the details of the flowers with fine sharpness and natural colours, which enabled me to compare this with my recent shots of the Marsh and the Broad-leaved. The differences are there but not that large, so I can see that some need genetic means of showing the differences in other species.
Soon I'll be photographing the Dark Red. All three grow within 20 km of my home.
Thanks for sharing this,
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-24 7:08]

Hello Anita and Mike Allsopp,
this is a special and unique specie to me. It is so well presented with the details and natural view of the plant as well as the flowers.
Excellent job and nicely composed shot.


Ciao Anita, delicate composition with fantastic orchid, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

nice to learn a new species, TFS Ori

Beautiful photo of this orchid in splendid colours!Detailed photo in perfect selective focusing and great composition. Perfect POV.

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