~Ophrys argentaria J. & P. Devillers-Terschuren 1991 - See Ophrys sphegodes Miller 1768 Photo courtesy of P.-M. Blais and the Orchids of France and Europe


Common Name The Silvery Ophyrs

Flower Size 1" [2.4 cm]

A small sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid that is endemic to Italy in short grasslands, garrigue, scrub, road sides and the edgews of pine and oakwoods at elevations up to 600 meters and blooms in the spring on a 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ophrys sphegodes var. argentaria (Devillers-Tersch. & Devillers) Faurh. 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