Helleborine Orchid plant
Epipactis helleborine* / Orchid family
Great Smoky Mountains NP
July 11, 2007
I was surprised to see this orchid blooming in the Smokies since I had only seen it in western Massachusetts previously. It is a European import, that according to my Native Orchids of the Southern Appalachian Mountains book, grows only in the Smokies in Tennessee. Following photo shows close-up of flowers.