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Mirror bee-orchid

Ophrys speculum


Basal leaves oval; narrower leaves sheathe lower part of stem. Flowers comprise oval greenish sepals with maroon veins, and narrow purple upper petals; lip 3-lobed and 10-13mm long, with metallic blue speculum edged by yellow and fringed with hairs. Flowers in spikes, March-May.


Maquis and garrigue. Widespread.

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Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Apr 16, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012

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