~Ophrys eleonorae J. & P. Devillers-Terschuren 1991 - See Ophrys fusca Link 1799 subsp. iricolor (Desf.) O.Schwarz 1934 Photo courtesy of Pascal Pernot and the Orchids of France and Europe

Common Name Eleanor's Ophyrs [Sardinian Princess current]

Flower Size

Found in Corfu, Capri, Sardinia Algeria and Tunisia as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid at elevations up to 950 meters with a more slender plant than O fusca ssp iricolor and with 1 to 2 more flowers, smaller sepals in relation to the lip, petals that are paler, a longer lip, a speculum that is a duller blue, often grooved, underside less intensely purple, sometimes orange, and frequently bordered yellowish green that blooms in the spring.

Synonyms Ophrys fusca f. maxima Terracciano ; Ophrys iricolor subsp. eleonorae (Devillers-Tersch. & Devillers) Paulus & Gack 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007 Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005