Giant Helleborine

Status

Special Concern

Description

The Giant Helleborine is an orchid that can have one or many stems and grows from 30 cm to 70 cm in height. Its leaves measure 7 cm to 14 cm long and 1.5 cm to 5 cm wide. The plant has 3 to 15 brownish-purple flowers.

Habitat

The Giant Helleborine requires a moist, usually calcareous habitat. It is found in wet areas along lakeshores and at the base of slopes, where there is an ample supply of base-rich water. The orchid grows in open wetland areas or in broken shade at theforest edge. It usually grows in dense stands or in small groups.

Threats

Limited distribution
Commercial development of wetlands

You Can Help!

Keep the area free of invasive weeds
Avoid trampling or driving over the plant and the surrounding habitat
Learn more about this plant and its biology

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