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.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants: guide.

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Ophrys forestieri

Ophrys de Forestier


Additional information

Plant family


Provence Verte

Flower colour


Flower size

lip 11-15 mm

Flowering months




Leaf type




to 40 cm


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.


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.


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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