Ophrys elatior (syn: Ophrys fuciflora subsp. elatior) (NL: - / EN: - / DE: Kleinblütige Hummel-Ragwurz ; Hochwüchsige Ragwurz / FR: Ophrys élevée) is a species of orchid very closely related to Ophrys fuciflora. Combination of high growth (up to 80 cm!), small flowers with colourful petals and sepals and later flowering in midsummer (July till September - leaves due to very late flowering already withered black) characterize this species. The species can only be found in the valley of the Rhine and the Rhone, where it is very rare and threatened by the disappearance of its habitat: grasslands on the alluvial terraces.
Image: Neuenburg am Rhein (DE) - 01/07/2011
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