Ophrys sphegodes subsp. aveyronensis - Averyon Ophrys

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Liliopsida - Order: Orchidales - Family: Orchidaceae

Ophrys aveyronensis

Description

This robust ophrys species grows up to 40cm in height and bears between 5 -12 large colourful flowers. The sepals are generally pale-to-dark pink although creamy white and greenish examples also occur. The lip of the flower can be almost round but is sometimes rhomboidal. The speculum is very variable with patterning which can consist of the H-shape familiar from Ophrys sphegodes to a complex grouping of small 'outlined' dots.

Distribution

This orchid is entirely endemic to the southern foothills of the Masif Central in France and can mainly be found on the Causse du Larzac. It is rare and very localised.

Habitat

Ophrys aveyronensis grows on the limestone plateau of the southern Massif Central in France. It is tolerant of full sun or light shade and favours scrubland, unimproved grassland and is also found in open oak woodland.

Flowering times

Ophrys aveyronensis flowers in May and June.

Pictures by kind permission of Anne Horsfall

Ophrys aveyronensis close up

Reference sources

The Plant List

Henrik AErenlund Pedersen & Niels Faurholdt (2007) Ophrys - The Bee Orchids of Europe; Kew

Pierre Delforge (2005) Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East; A&C Black

Les Orchidees de France, Belgique et Luxemborg; Parthenope Collection


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