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Dark Bee Orchid

Ophrys dianica

Description:

They are terrestrial or ground orchids. During summer, all Ophrys orchids are dormant as an underground bulbous tuber, which serves as a food reserve. In late summer/autumn they develop a rosette of leaves. Also a new tuber starts to grow and matures until the following spring; the old tuber slowly dies. The next spring the flowering stem starts to grow. During flowering the leaves have already started to wither. The shiny, basal leaves have a green or bluish color. Two to twelve flowers grow on an erect stem with basal leaves

Habitat:

is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean. It grows In meadows, olive groves and scrubland

Notes:

Most Ophrys orchids are dependent on symbiotic fungi. Transplanting specimens, especially wild specimens, is difficult, sometimes impossible, due to this symbiosis unless a large amount of surrounding earth is also taken with the plant. All orchids are protected under CITES II and should not be removed or disturbed in habitat.

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Jalón/Xaló, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 38.73, Long: -0.02

Spotted on Apr 12, 2012
Submitted on Apr 21, 2012

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