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Copyright: Jan Gaisler (honza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-01
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/4, 1/75 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Orchids (wild), my favourite european orchids [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-10 3:53
Viewed: 3280
Points: 8
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Broad-leaved Helleborine
Epipactis helleborine (L.) Crantz

Plant arising from a fascicle of fibrous roots, 25-60 (-120) cm high; several stems may arise from the same rootstock. Leaves 3-30, puberulent, ovate-lanceolate, plicate, 3-15 cm long and 1.5-6 (-7) cm wide. Inflorescence a loosely one-sided terminal raceme of 15-30 (-50) flowers, each subtended by a lanceolate to lance-linear green foliaceous bract 2-6 cm long and 1-2 cm wide. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, 1-1.5 cm long and 5-6 mm wide, green and often suffused with pinkish-purple. Petals similar in size and appearance to the sepals. Labellum 1-1.5 cm long and 4-8 mm wide, divided into two portions by a central constriction. The part closest to the column (hypochile) bowl-shaped, purplish-brown and frequently glossy inside, greenish outside. The second part of the labellum (epichile) triangular, white, green or purplish, with a fleshy callus near the point of attachment to the hypochile.

Epipactis grows in almost any habitat, but it is usually found under a canopy of trees.

Flowering dates: July-August.

In its native Europe, Epipactis is pollinated by wasps, but it is also autogamous.

This photo was made in spruce forest near my house under no good light conditions.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-10 4:13]

Excellent note Jan and very nice subject. Colours are little dull but I like composition. I hope we'll can to take photos of orchids in its natural envirorment soon!

Is this the same as a Hellebore (winter rose)?
Its a very interesing flower.
I want one for my garden.
Thanks for this Jan.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-03-17 13:31]

Hi Jan
An interesting species, beautiful flower, looks like an orchid, evem the leaves. Nice picture, am sure the light was not to good, Remember use of fill flash. Also, you can use your camera bag as a support, or a jersey, to hold or stablise the camera at slower SS. TFS

Jan, the picture is nice.

A great composition, a very beautiful flower. The background is nice too, and so are colors.

I tried a little workshop; I hope you like it.

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