Ophrys atlantica Munby 1856 Photo courtesy of T. H. Pain and the Orchids of France and Europe

Part sunCool Spring

Common Name The Atlantic Ophyrs

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Spain , Morocco and Algeria at elevations of sea level to 1500 meters in deciduous woods and pinewoods as well as scrubby grasslands in full sun as a small to just medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 basal lanceolate, acute leaves and 2 narrowly linear, acuminate, acute sheaths one below the middle and the other above the middle and that blooms in the spring carrying 1 to 4 flowers in a lax inflorescence

SynonymsOphrys atlantica subsp. durieui (Rchb.f.) Maire & Weiller 1959; Ophrys fusca subsp. atlantica E. & A. Camus 1928; Ophrys fusca subsp. durieui (Rchb. fil.) So 1927; Ophrys fusca var. atlantica (Munby) Coss. 1861; Ophrys fusca var. durieui Rchb. fil. 1851

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