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Early Spider Orchid

Ophrys sphegodes subsp. mammosa

Description:

Plant blooms in spring with several 2.5 to 3.8 cm flowers. It forms stands of relatively short plants between 30 cm to 40 cm in April and May. Spikes with 2-10 flowers, sepals green to yellowish, sometimes flushed with redish-purple, oblong to lanceolate, blunt. Petals green to greenish-purple or brownish or dull red, triangular to lanceolate, at least half the length of the sepals. Lip 10-12 mm long, oval in outline, generally ulobed but with two hairy basal bosses, velvety-brown or dark brown, with an H-shaped violet-blue or purplish speculum, sometimes with the cross-bar of the H missing. Subsp. mammosa: Larger lip (10-15 mm. long), blackish brown or purplish with large basal bosses and an H-shaped speculum, often with the cross-bar missing. Sepals usually wavy-edged, often stained with dull red.

Habitat:

In a bushy area of Seih-Sou (the suburban forest of Thessaloniki, Greece).

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KostasZontanos
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KostasZontanos

Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Μακεδονίας - Θράκης, Greece

Spotted on Apr 7, 2015
Submitted on Apr 8, 2015

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