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Cephalanthera rubra

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Template:Italic title Template:Taxobox Cephalanthera rubra, known as Red Helleborine,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> is an orchid found in Europe, North Africa and southwest Asia. Although reasonably common in parts of its range, this Cephalanthera has always been one of the rarest orchids in Britain.

Distribution and habitat

The Red Helleborine is found throughout most of Europe, east to the Urals and as far as 60 degrees north. It is however rare in Britain, the Low Countries and western France. It also occurs in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and in various parts of southern Asia as far east as Iran.<ref>Template:Cite book </ref><ref name="puck">Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref><ref>Altervista Flora Italiana, Cefalantera rossa, Red Helleborine, Cephalanthera rubra </ref>

Red Helleborine is a very rare plant in Britain. It is found only at the following sites:

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the species was recorded from single sites in Somerset, Sussex and Kent, and a second Hampshire site (in the upper Test Valley). The species was also recorded at additional Gloucestershire sites (including Stanley Wood, King's Stanley, now a Woodland Trust woodland), and persisted at some of these into the 1970s.



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