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Dark Red Helleborine - Epipactis atrorubens (Orchidaceae) Height to 60cm. Upright, downy and rather distinctive perennial that grows on limestone soils. FLOWERS comprise rather broad sepals and upper petals, and a broad heart-shaped lip, all of which are dark reddish purple; borne in spikes (Jun-Jul). FRUITS are pear-shaped and downy. LEAVES are oval and tinged purple. STATUS-Very local and restricted to N England, N Wales, NW Scotland and W Ireland.
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Dark Red Helleborine - Epipactis atrorubens (Orchidaceae) Height to 60cm. Upright, downy and rather distinctive perennial that grows on limestone soils. FLOWERS comprise rather broad sepals and upper petals, and a broad heart-shaped lip, all of which are dark reddish purple; borne in spikes (Jun-Jul). FRUITS are pear-shaped and downy. LEAVES are oval and tinged purple. STATUS-Very local and restricted to N England, N Wales, NW Scotland and W Ireland.

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Date: 17 Jul 2014
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