Ophrys x tardans O. & E. Danesch 1972 Photo courtesy of P. M. Blais and the Orchids of France and Europe

Common Name The Late-Blooming Ophyrs

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Endemic to southern Italy, this miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid occurs in short, poor grasslands, abandoned cultivation, garrigue and scrub at elevations up to 400 meters and blooms in the spring on a dense, 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence.

It is a natural hybrid between O. candica and O tenthredinifera.

Synonyms Ophrys maremmae nothosubsp. tardans (O.Danesch & E.Danesch) Del Prete 1984

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

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