Orchids forum: Stark-white Epipactis Helleborine. Albino?

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Jul 30, 2016 7:57 AM CST
Here's one I've kept an eye out for during my mushrooming forays this year....is this somewhat typical of the species? These things start to "bolt" just about everywhere around here this time of year although I can't recall of any other wild orchid sighting throughout my years of tramping about the woods that struck me like this one initially did (first assumed it was Indian Pipe from afar): https://s32.postimg.org/sdy53wk6t/071920161393.jpg

Among others of it's own:

Will be getting pics of it in bloom in short order....dunno what to make of it myself though is there any chance its seed would bear trait? I know better than to try digging out Helleborine roots intact.

Thanks for any input!
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Jul 31, 2016 7:40 AM CST


..... In the meanwhile I was hoping to see an approximate location.....

I did some digging around and it seems there are more sightings of white leafed Helleborines.

I was wondering if the lack of Chlorophyll is simply the result of an abundance of the proper Orchid mycorrhiza in this particular spot? In that case the seeds would again yield the normal green form.
Or, if you see purple flowers, you may have Epipactis viridiflora? (Reading the Wikipedia link) At least then the plant should come back next year again white. Regarding seeds also keeping this trait - you have the "normal" form nearby, so I would expect a mix of seedlings.

So much for speculations on my part.

You might find this recent thread interesting.
The thread "Variegated Epipactis helleborine." in Orchids forum

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Jul 31, 2016 1:01 PM CST
This orchid was found in a mature fir plantation in northern New-Brunswick, Canada. This plantation in particular hosts an abundance of fungi during these warmer seasons so there's little doubt the orchids are getting help from underground cultures. Thanks for the reading material, I'll do a proper ID check later on as it's likely in bloom.

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