Ophrys apifera var.trollii - Wasp Orchid

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

Wasp Orchid

This strange variant of the Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera has a rather pointed lip which is greenish yellow and mottled with brown markings. It puts in an occasional appearance throughout the range of the Bee Orchid, and plants with pale, almost white sepals also occur from time to time.

Picture by kind permission of Anne Horsfall

It flowers from April to May, and the specimen shown on this page was photographed in Cyprus.


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