Ophrys iricolor

(Ophrys fusca subsp. iricolor)

Rainbow ophrys; Regenbogen Ragwurz

Mediterranean region, but exact limits unclear because of uncertainty as to the limits of the taxon.

Similar to Ophrys fusca (perhaps merely a subspecies of it), but generally a bigger plant, with larger flowers and larger, shiny metallic blue speculum. Ophrys eleonorae is a segregate found in Sardinia and Corsica. See also Ophrys israelitica. In scrub, maquis, garigue, olive groves, pine woods.

Photographs: Cyprus 2004.
© Paul Hackney.

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