Cephalanthera longifolia (NL: Wit bosvogeltje / EN: Long- or Sword-leaved helleborine / DE: Langblättrige Waldvöglein) is among the most stiking and attractive Belgian orchid species, but sadly also one of the most threatened. In Flanders there are only 3 sites remaining. It is a distinctive orchid, with graceful, gently arching foliage, long leaves alternating all the way op the stem and spires of pure white flowers that open just enough to display a large golden-yellow patch on the lip Cephalanthera longifolia is a typical "woodland" orchid but its optimum habitat is the interface of woodland and grassland. It does best in glades, clearings, rides and on the margins of roads and tracks, in areas where the ground vegetation is not too dense. It depends on small solitary bees for pollination and these are found in species-rich grassland, visiting the sunnier parts of adjacent woodland to forage.
Image: Temse (Be) - 06/05/2011
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