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Epipactis palustris.
Epipactis des marais.
Marsh helleborine.

One of the most beautiful orchids in France due to its very "tropical" or exotic appearance. The floral elements of Epipactis are complex and sometimes very colorful. But the flowering of the majority of species is often late (from June to August) and for many species takes place in the undergrowth. They are therefore hardly noticed at this relatively late period. 

We discover (understand we name) new species regularly in Europe. The genus Epipactis is very widespread in the northern hemisphere elsewhere. Species hybridize easily within the genus, which will sometimes complicate identification. 

For Epipactis palustris, confusion is almost impossible: it is found in a humid environment (possibly flooded part of the year), the fairly numerous flowers are generally hanging but open. The labellum is quite long with a nice white ending. The pubescent stem measures 20 to 60 cm with a few more or less sheathing leaves at the base. 

The species is relatively rare but when the biotope suits it, its dissemination can be rapid and the plants very abundant.

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