~Ophrys araneola Rchb. 1831 - See Ophrys sphegodes Miller 1768 Photo courtesy of Pascal Pernot and the Orchids of France and Europe

Common Name The Small Spider Ophrys

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Yugoslavia in short grasslands, garrigue, roadside banks, verges and open woodlands at elevations up to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, dense to near lax, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

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