Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera Family: Orchidaceae
Ophrys apifera     *     Bee Orchid

Flowering time: June - July. Perennial

Habitat: Calcareous grassland and dunes, old quarries and meadows. Can be frequent in S and E England but rare in Ireland and absent from Scotland.

The pink sepals are spread wide above a velvety reddish-brown labellum that resembles a bee. Erect leafy stem above a loose rosette of greyish-green leaves. Bee Orchids are self-pollinating in the UK. Height 25-45cm

Several named varieties, including Wasp Orchid, Ophrys apifera var trollii

Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera

Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera
The Purbecks, Dorset. June 2006

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