Broad-Leaved Helleborine Overview
A perennial herb native to Britain & Northern Europe. Bears elliptical or broadly oval leaves and yellowish green and purple spiked flowers in mid summer. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: 1-3, upright, often purple-tinged, leafy. ROOT: Short underground stem, many roots. HAIRS: Few, short, near top of stem. STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Absent BRACTS: Spear-shaped, lower equal flower, upper shorter. FLOWER STALK: Very short. SEPALS: 3, petal-like, oval. PETALS: 3; 2 side petals oval; lower petal, hollow, end lobe bent back, spur absent. STAMENS: 1, stalkless. STIGMA: 2; style absent. OVARY: 1, below petals, 1-celled. SEEDS: Numerous, dust-like.