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Dark Bee Orchid

Ophrys dianica


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


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


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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