Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Broadleaf Helleborine - Epipactis helleborine   (L.) CrantzOnly member of Epipactis in NC.
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Author(L.) Crantz
DistributionMountains only. Expected to occur in other counties.

Native of Europe; in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada, scattered south to NC, NM, CA.
HabitatMontane mixed woods and openings, disturbed areas.
IdentificationBroadleaf Helleborine grows to 2 feet tall (sometimes more), with a few to several ovate leaves (sometimes narrower). The inflorescence is a raceme with green bracts that are usually longer than the flowers. The sepals are green or suffused with red-purple; the petals vary from greenish to yellowish to purplish.
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