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Epipactis helleborine ssp. orbicularis
Epipactis helleborine ssp. orbicularis
Short-leaved Helleborine
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0820 1371 (2020-08-13)

Copyright © 2020 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Aug 3, 2020
  • latitude 46.36023   longitude 13.70240     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta, Na Melu place west of Trenta 2b cottage; East Julian Alps (Posočje, Slovenia)
  • notes   Slo.: kratkolistna močvirnica - syn.: Epipactis distans Arv.-Touv., Epipactis helleborine ssp. distans (Arv.-Touv.) Engel. & Quentin, Epipactis orbicularis - Habitat: pasture, slightly inclined mountain slope, southeast aspect; calcareous, skeletal, colluvial ground; sunny, warm and dry place; elevation 600 m (1.970 feet); average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, alpine phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil. - Protected according to: Uredba o zavarovanih prostoživečih rastlinskih vrstah, poglavje A, Uradni list RS, št. 46/2004 (Regulation of protected wild plants, chapter A, Official Gazette of Republic Slovenia, no. 46/2004), (2004). - Comment: Epipactis helleborine aggregate is a group of very variable plants. Determination of plants on lower taxonomic ranges requires much experience. In addition, different experts have different opinions on the taxonomy on this species as well as on other similar taxa of the genus. Epipactis helleborine ssp. orbicularis and Epipactis distans, for example, are synonyms for some and completely unrelated species for others. Epipactis helleborine ssp. orbicularis is a common plant in Trenta valley, where I live. I recognize it predominantly by its habitus: stout, strong plants with upwards growing leaves cone-like attached to the stalk, often yellow green leaves and always growing on sunny, dry, open places. - Ref.: (1) Personal communication and conf. Mr. Branko Dolinar, (2) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007) (in Slovene), p 766. (3) H.Kretzschmar, Die Orchideen Deutschlands und angrenzenden Lander, Quelle Meyer (2008), p 127. (4) H.Baumann, S. Kuenkele, R.Lorenz, Orchideen Europas, Ulmer (2006), p 83. (5) B.Dolinar, Kukavičevke v Sloveniji (Orchidaceae of Slovenia) (in Slovenian), Pipinova Knjiga (2015), p 63. (6) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 2., Haupt (2004), p 1100.
  • camera   Sony ILCE6000 / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar E 16-70 mm/f4
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_1322/2020_DSC0790
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Short-leaved Helleborine (photographer)
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