Sunday, 1 May 2011

Cephalanthera longifolia (L.) Fritsch

Latin name: Cephalanthera longifolia (L.) Fritsch
Familia: Orchidaceae
Croatian name: Dugolisna naglavica
English name: Narrow-leaved Helleborine

This graceful orchid has a narrow slender leaves and white flowers. It is a perennial plant growing from a rhizome. The leaves may be up to 15 cm long (hence the name "longifolia") and are placed all along the stem.
The flowers have pointed sepals 10-15 mm long arranged in a long inflorescence. Flowering time: May to July.
It grows in woods.

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