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Old 08-07-2009, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Orchid seen on Maine roadside

Can anyone identify this flower? It looks like some type of orchid. I photographed it on the shoulder of a road on Frye Island, Maine, last weekend.

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Old 08-07-2009, 08:39 PM   #2
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Possibly Epipactis helleborine - Broadleaf Helleborine:
Epipactis**** helleborine: UW-Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium: Plant Details Page
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:46 AM   #3
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Thanks Cirsi! Hmm. . . here are more photos of Epipacus helleborine: http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/...actishell.html I don't think that's the one. (In fact I went through all the orchids at the Connecticut site and I couldn't find any match there. Foo.)
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:31 AM   #4
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I believe Cirsium has properly identified the plant. Inflorescence racemes can be sparse as is illustrated in your photo to moderately dense. There are many color variations. The plant you have photographed has previously been described as forma alba.

This European plant has naturalized throughout the United States.

This photo might be helpful-
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:06 AM   #5
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Hmm, thanks.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:13 AM   #6
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Hmm, you're welcome.
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