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Ophrys scolopax

Ophrys bécasse
Woodcock Orchid

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

lip 10-13 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

15-40 cm

Description

Ophrys pseudoscolopax is a smaller orchid, with a longer lip pointing upwards. Normally in flower before the end of April.

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

Flowers

The flower spike carries up to 12 flowers. The sepals are whitish-green or shades of pink with a green central midrib; petals are pink. The lip is deep brown with brownish-violet markings in a pale border with 2 small, velvety, lateral lobes. The lip is almost horizontal, the yellow tip is largish and turned upwards.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Basal leaves are long, wider in the middle, pointed, shiny; stem leaves narrow.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous seeds.

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