Ophrys lunulata (NL: Maanophrys / EN: Moon Orchid / DE: Halbmond-Ragwurz / FR: Ophrys à lunules) is an Ophrys endemic to the island of Sicily and the offshore Eolian Islands which was first described from the Palermo region in 1838. It is both distinctive, highly attractive and locally common to the south and west of Mount Etna where as well as the classic calcareous terrain's, it happily grows on stable, colonized lava formations. Its name literally means "with lunula" where lunula presumably refers to the small loosely crescent shaped speculum.
Image: Ferla (IT-SI) – 04/04/2012
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