Epipactis leptochila (Godfery) Godfery 1921 Photo by J-M Lewin and the Orchids of France and Europe

Lip detail Photo by Dr W Juergen Schrenk

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Common Name The Fine Lipped Epipactis

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Found in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece in shady locations in young beechwoods forest on moist, calcareous soils as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a thick, flexuous, sometimes sterile, pubescent towards the apex stem carrying 3 to 10, cauline, yellowish-green, spreading, curved down, margins undulate, with fine to irregular serrated leaves, and median, oval-lanceolate leaves as well as the upper narrowly lanceolate leaves that blooms on a terminal, 2.8 to 12" [7 to 30 cm] long, laxly many [8 to 35] flowered inflorescence arising in the late spring and summer.

Synonyms Epipactis aspromontana Bartolo 1996; Epipactis cleistogama C. Thomas 1948; Epipactis futakii Mered'a & Potucek 1988; Epipactis greuteri var. aspromontana (Bartolo, Pulv. & Robatsch) P.Delforge 2006; Epipactis helleborine subsp. aspromontana (Bartolo, Pulv. & Robatsch) H.Baumann & R.Lorenz, J. Eur. Orch. 37: 707 (2005; Epipactis helleborine subsp. leptochila (Godfery) Soó 1969; Epipactis helleborine var. rectilinguis Murb. 1891; Epipactis komoricensis Mered'a 1996; Epipactis latifolia var. rectilinguis (Murb.) E.G.Camus 1908; Epipactis leptochila f. altensteiniana (Kümpel) Gévaudan & P.Delforge 2008; Epipactis leptochila subsp. aspromontana (Bartolo, Pulv. & Robatsch) Kreutz 2004; Epipactis leptochila subsp. dinarica S.Hertel & Riech 2003; Epipactis leptochila subsp. futakii (Mered'a & Potucek) Kreutz 2004; Epipactis leptochila subsp. komoricensis (Mered'a) Kreutz 2004; Epipactis leptochila subsp. maestrazgona (P.Delforge & Gévaudan) Kreutz 2004; Epipactis leptochila subsp. naousaensis (Robatsch) Kreutz 2004; Epipactis leptochila subsp. neglecta Kümpel 1982; Epipactis leptochila subsp. peitzii (H.Neumann & Wucherpf.) Kruetz 2004; Epipactis leptochila subsp. provincialis (Aubenas & Robatsch) J.-M.Tison 2010; Epipactis leptochila var. altensteiniana Kümpel 1987; Epipactis leptochila var. cleistogama (C.A.Thomas) Kreutz 2004; Epipactis leptochila var. dinarica (S.Hertel & Riech.) P.Delforge 2004; Epipactis leptochila var. futakii (Mered'a & Potucek) P.Delforge 2004; Epipactis leptochila var. komoricensis (Mered'a) P.Delforge 2008; Epipactis leptochila var. neglecta (Kümpel) Gévaudan 1999; Epipactis leptochila var. neglecta (Kümpel) Gévaudan 2002; Epipactis leptochila var. peitzii (H.Neumann & Wucherpf.) P.Delforge 2004; Epipactis leptochila var. thesaurensis (Agrezzi, Ovatoli & Bongiorni) P.Delforge & Gévaudan 2008; Epipactis maestrazgona P.Delforge & Gévaudan 2004; Epipactis muelleri var. cleistogama (C.A.Thomas) P.D.Sell 1996; Epipactis muelleri var. leptochila (Godfery) P.D.Sell in P.D.Sell & G.Murrell 1996; Epipactis muelleri var. peitzii (H.Neumann & Wucherpf.) P.Delforge 1997; Epipactis naousaensis Robatsch 1989; Epipactis neglecta (Kümpel) Kümpel 1996; Epipactis peitzii H.Neumann & Wucherpf. 1996; Epipactis thesaurensis Agrezzi, Ovatoli & Bongiorni 2007;Epipactis viridiflava U. Löw 1969; *Epipactis viridiflora var. leptochila Godfery; Helleborine leptochila (Godfery) Druce 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 10 1981 Photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 5 1985 photo fide; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle east Delforge 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #3 2016 photo fide;