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Stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea)
The stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea) is a beautiful wildflower that is native to California and widespread throughout much of North America. Living up to its common name, this attractive perennial herb is almost always found on stream banks and other moist areas. Alternate common names include giant helleborine and chatterbox.
Stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea), close-up of a single wildflower in bloom with a beautifully diffused background. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
Stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea), single stalk with multiple flowers in bloom. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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