Treasures in the ditch

Broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)
Broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

Said and done. First thing after breakfast, I drove to Punkaharju to do an inventory of the broad-leaved helleborine. I found 23-25 individuals, some already withered, others in full bloom and some only starting to bloom. I also found one individual which was HUGE – 1 metre tall, easily. All of them were growing right by the road, or in the roadside ditch. I didn’t find any on the other side of the ditch, so the road must be providing them with the minerals that they need.

Having endured the traffic, dust, mosquitos and pollen, I finally emerged from the ditch with the memory card half filled with orchids. I still can’t believe I found them here.

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