~Ophrys splendida Gölz & Reinhard 1980 - See Ophrys x arachnitiformis Grenier & Philippe 1860 Photo courtesy of Th. Pain and the Orchids of France and Europe

Common Name The Outstanding Ophyrs

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

This small sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid is endemic to France in poor grasslands, grassy areas in garrigue and scrub, and open woodlands at elevations up to 600 meters and blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ophrys exaltata subsp. splendida (Gölz & H.R.Reinhard) Soca 2002

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