Weedy Orchid II

July 2019 I photographed an interesting plant growing in the wild. Motivated by curiosity I identified it as Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine), a wild orchid.

A few years back we fenced in the rose garden as protection against marauding deer. This orchid specimen thrived within the enclosure, possibly turbocharged by rose fertilization.

The number of tiny flowers on a single stalk give a freakish, monstrous impression.

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Here, the tripod is moved to the fully illuminated side, at f9 the details of the interesting leaves, entire flower stalk including the top bent toward the view, are in focus. The background fencing is a distraction.

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.to be continued.

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6 thoughts on “Weedy Orchid II

  1. Amazing! The flower resembles the wildflower Bee orchid. I found one for the first time last week and have made a note in my calendar to return, June next year to capture it.

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    1. Epipactis helleborine resembles Orchis mascula in having many flowers off a single stem, the Orchis stem and flowers are much larger. This is a multiple part posting, four in all. Good luck with your project, Epipactis helleborine is perennial.

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