Epipactis distans Arvet-Touvet Photo courtesy of P.-M. Blais and the Orchids of France and Europe
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Common Name The Far Apart Epipactis [spacing of the flowers]
Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]
A miniature to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial from Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy in xeric pinewoods in alpine valleys at elevations of 800 to 2200 meters with thick, pale green, pubscent towards the apex stems carrying cauline, slightly leathery, alternate, lanceolate median leaves and narrow, near erect, slightly arched and conduplicate, undulate and serrulate margined leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, laxly many flowered inflorescence arising in the late spring and summer.
Cited as a synonym of Epipactis Epipactis helleborine (Linne) Crantz 1769 , But I will leave them separate at this time
Synonyms Epipactis helleborine subsp. distans (Arv.-Touv.) R.Engel & Quentin 1996
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle east Delforge 2005