~Ophrys benacensis (Reisigl) O. & E. Danesch & Ehrendorfer 1975 - See Ophrys x flavicans Vis. 1842 Photo courtesy of P.-M. Blais and the Orchids of France and Europe

Common Name The Lake Garda Ophrys

Flower Size 1.6" [3.4 cm]

A miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid from Switzerland and Italy in short grasslands, old terraces and olive groves at elevations of 200 to 850 meters that blooms in the spring on an erect, near lax, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ophrys bertolonii subsp. benacensis (Reisigl) Delforge 1982; Ophrys bertoloniiformis subsp. benacensis Reisigl 1972; Ophrys pseudobertolonii Murr 1898; Ophrys saratoi subsp. benacensis (Reisigl) 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