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Epipactis (Helleborine)

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Epipactis (Helleborine)

(Greek, epipegnuo; it coagulates milk). Orchidacea. Hardy terrestrial orchids of minor value. The first mentioned may be obtained through dealers in native western and Japanese plants; the second is listed in the American edition of a Dutch catalogue. Leafy orchids with creeping rootstocks and unbranched stems: leaves ovate or lanceolate, with plaited veins: flowers. purplish brown, nearly white or tinged red: lower bracts often longer than the flowers.; sepals free, spreading, nearly as large as the petals; lip free, deeply concave at base, without callosities, narrowly constricted and somewhat jointed in the middle, the upper portion dilated, petaloid.

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