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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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JosipaMasic 6 years ago

Beautiful picture of the most beautiful flower!

PatriciaPi 6 years ago

thank you again cormoros75!

cormoros75 6 years ago


Jalón/Xaló, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 38.72, Long: -0.01

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

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