Ophrys tenthredinifera (NL: Wolzwever ophrys / EN: Ophrys tenthredinifera / DE: Wespen-Ragwurz / FR: Ophrys guêpe, Ophrys tenthrède, Ophrys à grandes fleures) is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean. It is a gem among the bee orchids. Its flowers are large and gaily coloured, dominated by shades of rose, yellow and dark brown, and many people consider this species the prettiest member of the genus. It is easy to identify and can hardly be mistaken for other species. The appearance of the flowers varies a great deal. This has led to the description of a number of subspecies and varieties, and recently even to splitting at the species level. In Sicily the species has unusually large and colourfull flowers, referred to as Ophrys grandiflora.
Image: Monte Iblei (IT-SI) - 02/04/2012
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