Wild Flowers Provence

=/ =/ =/ Site en construction \= \= \=
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

Ophrys apifera

Ophrys abeille
Bee Orchid

Category:

Additional information

Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

lip 11-13 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

25-45 cm

Description

Insects are attracted to the Bee Orchids by their scent and their appearance, both of which mimic that of the female insect of whichever species of pollinator is needed for a particular variety of Bee Orchid.

A tuberous perennial having enlarged underground structures used for storage of nutrients.

Flowers

The flower spike can carry up to 15 flowers, but usually between 2-9. Each individual flower has 3 pink sepals with a central green vein and 2 very small lateral petals. The lip is brown or purplish brown, with 2 lateral lobes, short and hairy, and a central darker ‘mirror’ (speculum) with a cream border. The distinctive curved apex of the column enables its unique system of self-pollination.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Basal leaves are oval to long, wider in the middle, blunt; stem leaves smaller.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous seeds.

Navigation

• Click the "Go back" button to return to your plant search or filtered selection.

• Click on the Category or Plant family above to list plants in the same category or family.

• Click "Wild Plants" (or the website title) at the top of the page to start again.