Young’s helleborine Epipactis Helleborine var youngiana

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Habitat Woodland

A wild orchid with small, pink and green flowers and oval leaves.

Distribution

It is restricted now to four sites in lanarkshire (Scotland), but has always been rare.

Habitat

A woodland plant, but usually found on heavy soils and spoil heaps of old mines as it can cope with heavy metals in the ground.

Status

Protected under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Key threats

Destruction or removal of the spoil heaps for other uses, and the thickening of the woodland over the plant through lack of management.

Did you know...

Young's helleborine is a mysterious flower and there is still some debate as to whether it is a seperate species or a variation of the broad-leaved helleborine.