Ophrys regis-ferdinandii

(O. speculum subsp. regis-ferdinandii)

King Ferdinand's ophrys; König-Ferdinand-Ragwurz

Islands of the E Aegean and adjacent part of SW Anatolia.

Grassland, scrub and pine woods.

Like a very narrow-lipped Ophrys speculum. The shiny blue "mirror" (speculum) occupies most of the central lobe of the lip. This species is one of the most insect-like of all ophrys in the general appearance of the flower.

Photographs: Rhodes 2008.
© Paul Hackney.

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