Ophrys lutea subsp. lutea (NL: Gele orchis, Gele spiegelorchis, Gele ophrys / EN: Yellow ophrys, Yellow bee orchid / DE: Gelbe Ragwurz / FR: Ophrys jaune) is another species of orchid in the Ophrys genus. This orchid is one of the most common and widespread in the Mediterranean region. It can grow up to 25 cm in height and frequently occurs in quite dense colonies. The flowers are a bright, golden yellow and the lip has a maroon centre which is sometimes very dark but can equally be quite light. Several subspecies have been described. Subsp. lutea has both the biggest flowers and yellow border. It is surely one of the most striking ophrys species and on many sites the first orchid to discover.
Image: Monte Iblei (IT-SI) - 04/04/2012
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