Epipactis albensis Nováková & Rydlo 1978 Photo © by Epipactis and THe Wikimedia Website

Full shade Cold Summer EARLIERFall

Common Name The Elbe Epipactis [A River in Czech]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in France, Germany, Czechloslovakia, Austria and Romania on slopes and valleys and in old growth alluvial forests at elevations up to 500 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 1 to 2 [5], thin spindly, yellowish green, tip dark green, pubescent stems carrying 3 to5, cauline, rather pale green, sometime in 2 opposite rows, geantly spreading, curved, margins undulate, median leaves lanceolate, acuminate and the uppermost a single, bract-like leaf that blooms in the summer and earlier fall on a terminal, erect, near to one sided, to 6.4 [16 cm] long, 2 to 25 flowered inflorescence with bracts that are longer than the pedicel

Synonyms Epipactis helleborine f. gracilis (Dageforde ex Hegi) Pauca & Morariu 1972; Epipactis latifolia f. gracilis Dageforde ex Hegi 1909; Helleborine latifolia f. gracilis (Dageforde ex Hegi) Graber 1923 publ. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Deforge 2005 photo fide