Ophrys ferrum-equinum

Horseshoe ophrys; Ophrys fer cheval; Hufeisen-Ragwurz

Balkans; southern Greece and its islands; Anatolia

An ophrys with a shiny horsehoe-shaped speculum on the dark, purplish-black, mostly hairless labellum. Frequent on base-rich soils in stony grassland, old olive groves, open pine woods and garigue. O. gottfriedianais a similar, closely-related species, with a triangular labellum. It is sometimes treated as a subspecies and is confined to mainland Greece and some Ionian islands

Photographs: stony limestone pasture on lower slopes of Ataviros; Rhodes 2008.
© Paul Hackney.

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