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Ophrys speculum

Ophrys bẻcasse
Mirror Orchid

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Plant family

Area

Littoral

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

lip 10-13 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

to 25 cm

Description

Speculum’ is the Latin word for mirror. This orchid has the largest and most conspicuous mirror, easily identifying it from other bee orchids. A tuberous perennial having enlarged underground structures for storage of nutrients.

Flowers

The flowers are arranged in a spike of 2-10 flowers. The sepals, oblong to oval, are green often with a brown vertical stripe. The petals are dark purple, lance-shaped and hairy, one third the length of the sepals. The lip has 3 lobes with a large, shiny metallic speculum, outlined in yellow and with a fringe of reddish-brown hairs.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Basal leaves are oval to long, wider in the middle, but blunt; stem leaves are narrower and more pointed.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous seeds.

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