Sword Leaved Helleborine
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Sword Leaved Helleborine
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Sword Leaved Helleborine
Botanical name: Cephalanthera longifolia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Serapias helleborine var. longifolia

Sword-leaved Helleborine is a terrestrial orchid which is wide-spread in Asia, Europe and Arica. The long, narrow tapering leaves, 5-10 cm long, give the plant its common name. The plant reaches a height of about 15-45 cm. The infloresence consists of 8-20 white bell-shaped flowers, about 1 cm across, often not fully open, borne in a spike-like cluster. The lip is small with yellow markings, concealed by the longer sepals and petals. Sword Leaved Helleborine occurs in the Himalayas at altitudes of 1800-3000 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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