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Ophrys apifera

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 July 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Ophrys apifera (NL: Bijenorchis / EN: Bee Orchid / DE: Bienen-Ragwurz) is a perennial, temperate climate species of orchid generally found growing on semi-dry turf, on limestone, calcareous dunes or in open areas in woodland. The Bee Orchid develops small rosettes of leaves in autumn. They slowly continue to grow during winter. Flowers appear the following year. Each year, it produces from one to ten flowers on a spike, blooming from June to July. The flowers are almost exclusively self-pollinating in the northern ranges of the plants distribution, pollination by the solitary bee Eucera occurs sometimes in the Mediterranean area. The petals are marginal and spread out, coloured mauve to pink. The flower is furry to the touch and is quite variable in the pattern of colouration, but usually brownish-red with yellow markings.

More images and info on European terrestrial orchids can be found on my Wordpress-Blog on European Orchids

Image: Visé (B) - 28/05/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful colour and framing

22 Jul 2011 6:40am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I feel I am being observed by those two at the top ! Very distinctive shot.

22 Jul 2011 11:57am

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Beautiful !

22 Jul 2011 8:54pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Love this one !

22 Jul 2011 9:32pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 Jul 2011 12:08am

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm