Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
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Ophrys forestieri

Ophrys de Forestier

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

green

Flower size

lip 11-15 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

to 40 cm

Description

Named after the French botanist ‘de Forestier’. One of the most common bee orchids in the area, quite variable.

Initially, several varieties resembling Ophrys forestieri were named Ophrys fusca, but that is an Orchid that does not grow in France but in Portugal, where it was first discovered.

A tuberous perennial with enlarged underground structures for storage of nutrients.

Flowers

Flower spikes have 3-10 flowers, each with three large yellowish-green sepals, the central sepal bending forward; the two green petals are small, linear in shape. The dark brown lip has two lobes with a greyish-blue speculum in the shape of a W. The lateral lobes are short and rounded.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Basal leaves oval to long, narrow in the middle, pointed.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous tiny seeds.

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