~Ophrys episcopalis Poiret 1816 - See Ophrys fuciflora (F.W. Schmidt) Moench 1842 Photo courtesy of Pascal Pernot and the Orchids of France and Europe

Common Name The Bishop-Like Ophyrs

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

This is a miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial orchid that is found in the Aegean Islands and Turkey in short poor grasslands, garrigue, scrub, banks and open woodlands at elevation up to 400 meters and blooms in the spring on an erect, lax, 2 to 11 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ophrys fuciflora subsp. maxima (H. Fleischmann) So 1973; *Ophrys fuciflora var. maxima H. Fleischmann 1925; Ophrys holoserica subsp. maxima (H. Fleischmann) Greuter 1967; Ophrys maxima (Fleischm.) Paulus & Gack 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 6 1998 photo; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007