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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995



Eyed Bee Orchid - Ophrys argolica

Mar-Apr; 15-35 cm, with 2-8 flowers; sepals pink, purple or sometimes white, narrow, with a green central stripe.

Bumblebee Orchid - Ophrys bombyliflora

Mar-May; 7-25 cm; sepals rounded and green, with a darker central stripe. The smallest and least-conspicuous orchid, with flowers under 20 mm across.

Horseshoe Orchid - Ophrys ferrum-equinum

Mar-May; 15-40 cm, with 2-5 flowers; sepals pink or purple, with a green central stripe.

Late Spider Orchid - Ophrys fuciflora

Apr-May; 15-50 cm; sepals pink or pinkish-white, with a green central stripe.

Sombre Bee Orchid - Ophrys fusca

Feb-May; 10-40 cm, with 3-10 flowers; sepals broad and greenish.

Yellow Bee Orchid - Ophrys lutea

Mar-May; 10-30 cm, with 2-7 flowers; 3 green sepals, one forming a hood; a yellow and brown lip.

Woodcock Orchid - Ophrys scolopax

Mar-May; 15-45 cm, with 3-12 flowers; sepals pink or purple, with a green central stripe.

Mirror Orchid - Ophrys speculum

Mar-May; 10-30 cm, with 2-10 flowers; sepals green and brownish-red.

Early Spider Orchid - Ophrys sphegodes

Mar-May; 10-45 cm, with 2-10 flowers; sepals green to reddish-green, with one sometimes arching over as a hood.

Sawfly Orchid - Ophrys tenthredinifera

Mar-May; 15-45 cm; sepals rounded, lilac pink or pale green, with a green central stripe.


Flowers. Apr-May

Tall. Low - Med

Flower. 2-9 flowers; the sepals are usually pale pink, but sometimes white, and each has a green central stripe.

Leaves. Oval or lance-shaped basal leaves, with narrower leaves clasping the stem.

Habitat. Garrigue, maquis, woodland and scrub areas.