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 philippi

Ophrys du Gapeau


Additional information

Plant family


Les Maures

Flower colour


Flower size

lip 10-15 mm

Flowering months



Leaf type



15-30 cm


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 with enlarged underground structures for storage of nutrients.


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.


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

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous seeds.

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