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Ophrys lutea subsp. lutea

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 May 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

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

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 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm