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Ophrys speculum subsp. speculum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 May 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Ophrys speculum subsp. speculum (NL: Spiegelorchis / EN: Mirror Bee Orchid / DE: Spiegel-Ragwurz / FR: Ophrys miroir) is one of the Mediterranean's most widespread Ophrys species, occurring throughout the region but in varying degrees of abundance. In Sicily the species can can occur in huge colonies. O. speculum is a small but distinctive orchid and despite its unquestionable beauty and showy
speculum, can be very easily overlooked in the field. It can grow to a height of 25 cm but is more usually no greater than 10cms with a spike of perhaps 3 flowers. The flowers however are relatively large. It can be found in varying types of habitat from open grassland to garigue and light woodland though always on alkaline substrates. Although not a rare orchid, its a gem and its discovery never fails to brighten the day !

Image: Monte Iblei (IT-SI) - 11/04/2012

More images and info on this species (and on European terrestrial orchids) can be found on my Wordpress-Blog about European Orchids.

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Bravo! pour celle-ci (et les autres)

1 May 2012 6:42pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Oh ! vraiment excellent ! j'en ai photographié 2 différentes aujourd'hui dans mon jardin, une ophrys abeille et l'autre je ne connais pas son nom. Ces orchidées on dirait toujours une bouche grande ouverte ! c'est mon idée !!!

1 May 2012 7:22pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Je viens de visiter tes autres sites, ils sont de toute beauté. J'ai moi aussi un autre blog consacré qu' à la flore et à la faune.

1 May 2012 7:33pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm