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
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