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Violet Helleborine

Tonight I called in at the Funtley Deviation site to look for Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata).  I knew that these were a late flowering species and so wasn’t expecting to find any in flower.

This flower spike was in fine fettle and was right next to a well worn path down the embankment, so I was surprised to see that it was undamaged.

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Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata)

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Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata)

Here are a couple of close-ups of individual flowers.

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Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata)

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Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata)