~Ophrys garganica O.et E. Danesch 1975 - See Ophrys sphegodes Miller 1768 Photo courtesy of Th.Pain and the Orchids of France and Europe

Common Name The Monte Gargano Ophyrs [Southern Italian Mountain]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

A small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid that is found in Spain, France, Italy and Sicily within poor grasslands, meadows, abandoned cultivation, banks, terraces, garrigue, scrub and open woodlands at elevations up to 1300 meters that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, laxly, 4 to 8 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ophrys sphegodes subsp. garganica E.Nelson 1962

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