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Broad Leaved and Green Flowered Helleborines

I’ve been waiting for the past couple of weeks for some Broad Leaved Helleborines (Epipactis helleborine) to open up in full flower.  This morning, I called in to see what they were looking like, and was pleased to see that they were in full flower.

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Broad Leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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Broad Leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

Then tonight, I called into a location I’d been given the details of in Winchester to see Green Flowered Helleborines (Epipactis phyllanthes).  This was a first for me, and I have to confess that despite these spikes being up for several weeks that the flowers weren’t open.  I have read that the flowers are self-fertile and sometimes do not open at all, and I guess that is the case with these ones.

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Green Flowered Helleborine (Epipactis phyllanthes)

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Green Flowered Helleborine (Epipactis phyllanthes)