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Ophrys philippi

Ophrys du Gapeau

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Plant family

Area

Les Maures

Flower colour

white

Flower size

lip 10-15 mm

Flowering months

May,

June

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

15-30 cm

Description

This orchid was first described in the 19th century by Charles Grenier (botanist) on information received from a botanist based in the Var, M. M.Y. Philippe. It was last seen in 1912 and was thought to have disappeared until Pierre-Michel Blais rediscovered it in May 2000. Verification had to be made by two Herbaria housed in the Musée de Toulon, to check back to the original findings.

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

Flowers

A distinctive bee orchid with a flattish, long dark lip with complex markings in cream covering almost the entire surface of the lip. The tip is green and turns upwards. The white sepals have a green mid vein, the greenish-yellow petals are small and narrow.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle {end-tooltip}. Long, wider in the middle, pointed, erect, encircling the stem.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous seeds.

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