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Mirror Orchid

Ophrys speculum


Plant grows up to 30 cm and blooms in the summer. Plant has 2 to 15 flowers which are 3.2cm wide per an inflorescence.


Ophrys speculum is found in partial sunny and cool areas. Plants prefer well-drained low-fertility soils and areas with partial shade. Plants are very sensitive to the addition of fertilizers or fungicides and transplanting because it kills symbiotic fungus. The plant is usually propagated through seed culture. This species is cool growing but not cold tolerant.

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Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 9 years ago

Thank you! =)

TelmaG.Laurentino 9 years ago

Deixo aqui para os interessados =)

auntnance123 10 years ago

My goodness, I could have sworn that was a bug. Orchids are wonderful things.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Interesting flower.

Ana Rosa
Ana Rosa 10 years ago

Thank you dandoucette!

Harsha, these flowers attract the male bees by mimicking the females, the males are tricked by the looks and smell of the flower transporting pollen from one flower to another.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Looks like an insect.

dandoucette 10 years ago

Nice! I love your wild orchid spottings!

Ana Rosa
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Ana Rosa

Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Apr 2, 2010
Submitted on Sep 12, 2011

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