Ophrys argolica Fleischm. ex Vierh. 1919 Photo courtesy of Francois Rion

Part SunColdSpring

Common Name The Argolic Ophyrs [Region In Southern Greece]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.2 cm]

Found in Greece at elevations of sea level to 1300 meters in open oak and pine forests, roadsides, old pesticide free olive groves and grasslands as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, 2 to 8[10], densely flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ophrys aegaea Kalteisen & H.R. Reinhard 1987; Ophrys argolica subsp. aegaea (Kalteisen & H.R.Reinhard) H.A.Pedersen & Faurh 2002; Ophrys argolica subsp. elegans (Renz) E.Nelson 1962 ; Ophrys argolica subsp. lesbis (Gölz & H.R.Reinhard) H.A.Pedersen & Faurh 2002; Ophrys elegans (Renz) H.Baumann & Künkele 1981; Ophrys ferrum-equinum ssp. argolica (H. Fleischmann) Sóó; Ophrys gottfriediana subsp. elegans Renz 1928; Ophrys lesbis Gölz & H.R.Reinhard 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007

Ophrys argolica subsp. biscutella (O.Danesch & E.Danesch) Kreutz 2004Photo courtesy of Th. Pain

Part Sun Cold Spring

Flower Size 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm]

A miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial occuring in southern Italy and the Croation Island of Korcula in short grasslands, garrigue, scrub and open woodlands at elevations up to 1300 meters that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 4 to 20" [10 to 50 cm] long, 2 to 8[10] flowered, dense to lax inflorescence.

Synonyms *Ophrys biscutella O. & E. Danesch 1970

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005 as OP biscutella; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007

Ophrys argolica subsp. crabronifera (Sebast. & Mauri) Faurh 2002Photo courtesy of Th. Pain

Part shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Hornet Bearing Ophrys

Flower Size 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.2 cm]

This small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid is endemic to western Italy in short grasslands, garrigue and open woodlands at elevations up to 600 meters and blooms all spring long on a terminal, erect, 8 to 26" [20 to 65 cm] long, 3 to 7 [12] flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ophrys crabronifera Mauri 1820; Ophrys fuciflora subsp. pollinensis E.Nelson in ?. ; Ophrys holoserica subsp. pollinensis (E.Nelson) O.Danesch & E.Danesch 1975; Ophrys pollinensis E.Nelson ex Devillers-Tersch. & Devillers 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 photo as O pollinensis; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005 as O crabronifera; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007

Ophrys argolica subsp. elegans (Renz) E.Nelson 1962 Photo courtesy of © Bill Temple

Part sunCold LATEWinterSpring

Common Name The Elegant Ophrys

Flower Size

Found in Cyprus in scrub, open woodlands at elevations up to 1400 meters as a miniature to spindley, small sized, cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Ophrys elegans (Renz) H.Baumann & Künkele 1981; *Ophrys gottfriediana subsp. elegans Renz 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005 as O elegans

Ophrys argolica subsp. lucis (Kalteisen & H.R.Reinhard) H.A.Pedersen & Faurh. 2002 Photo courtesy of Francios Rion

Part SunCoolSpring

Common Name The Light Ophrys [refers to the flower colors]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found on the isle of Rhodes and southern turkey [Anatolia] as a miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial in grassy places in garrigue, abandoned cultivation, and open woodlands of pines and cypress at elevations up to 1000 meters that blooms in the spring on a terminal 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, 2 to 4 [5] flowered, dense inflorescence.

Synonyms *Ophrys aegaea subsp. lucis Kalteisen & H.R.Reinhard 1987; Ophrys lucis (Kalteisen & Reinhardt) Paulus 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005 as O lucis; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007

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