Is a wild orchid, monopodial and belonging to the subtribe Orchidinae. They reach a height of 25 to 30 cm. It is one of the popularly called "bee orchids." Most Ophrys orchids are dependent on a symbiotic fungus and can not be transplanted because of this. Each orchid has its own pollinator insect and is completely dependent on pollinators for this species survival. Mocked males are unlikely to return and even ignore plants of the same species. Because of this, only about 10% of the population becomes pollinated. This is sufficient to preserve the population of Ophrys, taking into account that each fertilized flower produces up to 12000 tiny seeds.
Is distributed throughout the Mediterranean (Spain, southern France and Corsica) and generally throughout Europe. In grasslands, scrublands, shrubs and forests.
Parque Natural Lagunas de La Mata
Lat: 37.98, Long: -0.68
Spotted on Apr 6, 2012
Submitted on Apr 21, 2012