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Sawfly orchid

Ophrys tenthredinifera


Plant blooms from winter to spring and can grow 3 to 8 flowers that are 2.5cm wide per an inflorescence. Plant is found in areas with partial shade. Plants rely on a fungus in the soil allows them to obtain sufficient nutrients. The flowers are pollinated by a male insect which is attracted when the flower release a similar scent to female pheremones. The root is ediable and grinded into a powder called salep. Salep is very nutritious and is made into a drink or added to other cereals and used in bread. Tubers for creating salep should be harvested as the plant dies down after flowering and setting seed.


They are found in cool grassy areas with rocky acidic soil.

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Patricia you can put in the mision of the flora y fauna de la peninsula iberica and more spotings of the iberian peninsula

PatriciaPi 6 years ago

thank's a lot cormoros75 and AgnesAdiqueTalavera!

You can't go wrong with Ophrys.. simply gorgeous flower. Love this also! <3

cormoros75 6 years ago

Perfect! Love this

Llíber, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 38.74, Long: 0.01

Spotted on Feb 1, 2013
Submitted on Feb 2, 2013

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