Epipactis stellifera Di Antonio & Veya 2001

View of lip, pedicel and stem

View of stem and leaves

Plantr and flowers in situ Switzerland Photos by R Peter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

part shade to Cold Summer

Common Name The Star Like Epipactis

Flower Size

Found only in Switzerland as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestial that blooms in the summer

The largest distinction that I can see between this species and the very similar E fageticola occuring in Portugal, Spain, France and Switzerland is that there are plants only in Switzerland that have basically smooth stems, pedicels and backs of flowers as well as a more rounded apex to the lip and have been moved to E stellifera. Mony references cite this species as a synonym of E fageticola as they are quite close.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle east Delforge 2005 as syn of E fageticola.htm">