Ophrys bombyliflora Link 1800 Photo courtesy of F. Dusak and the Orchids of France and Europe

Part sunCool to Cold LATEWinterandSpring

Common Name The Silky Flowered Ophyrs - In France - Ophrys bourdon - in Germany - Brensen-ragwurz

Flower Size more than 1" [to more than 2.5 cm]

Found as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial that is found in the Canary Islands, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Balaeric Islands, France Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Italy, Yugoslavia, Albania, eastern Aegean Islands, Greece and Turkey in short grasslands, damp meadows, abandoned cultivation, garrigue, scrub and open woodlands at elevations of sealevel to 900 meters with an erect stem carrying 4 to 6, basal, oblong, lanceolate leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, erect, 8" [20 cm] long, loosely 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Arachnites bombyliflora Tod. 1842; Ophrys bombylifera Willd. 1805; Ophrys bombyliflora f. buccheriana De Langhe & D'hose 1985; Ophrys canaliculata Viv. 1825; Ophrys disthoma Biv.-Bern. 1813; Ophrys hiulca Mauri ?; Ophrys pulla Ten. 1820; Ophrys tabanifera Willdenow 1805

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing okish; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 photo; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007

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