Epipactis helleborine

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  1. Kim Willis

    Kim Willis New Member

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    Weed orchid- common name - said to be invasive, I think its unusual and interesting. This came up as a volunteer. Taken 7/14/2017 Tuscola County Michigan.
     

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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Nice pic! The correct English name is Broad-leaved Helleborine; yep, an interesting plant, native where I am - one of several species, which can be tricky to distinguish. Here's Young's Helleborine Epipactis youngiana, a rare UK endemic relative (info [pdf file]):
     

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    Yes quite similar. They call the Epipactis helleborine weed orchid around here because I guess it becomes invasive in some spots. I'm familiar with a lot of wildflowers and never saw this before. The plant just appeared in one of my beds and I intend to leave it. It can't be more invasive than the lilies of the valley in there. I also understand the plant has opium like properties- which is fascinating- another name they give it is oxycontin plant.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    That info file is wonderfully detailed yet easy to read. Thanks for including that. I think I should add the Plantlife site to our Plants ID resources page.

    @Michael F, is there an area of the Plantlife site where one can reference other papers like this? I see I can browse species, and browse a list in the sitemap, and browse and query publications, and there are queries, but I'm not able to come up even with the file you referenced without your link or by backing up in the url. The url has the word "application". Is there an app?
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ooof! I don't know! I found it when I did a google search with the scientific name. So I've not even tried looking through the Plantlife website.
     
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    Interesting that the close relative of Epipactis helleborine is considered rare and endangered and yet everyone is demanding this "invasive " be removed. " One mans weed is another's flower"
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Or more the other way, where a lovely native flower in the wrong place becomes a weed.
     
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Has spread across North America.
     

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