Monday, 13 June 2011

Ophrys sphegoides Mill.

image credit: Danijel Balaško

Latin name: Ophrys sphegoides Mill.
Familia: orchidaceae
Croatian name: Kokica paučica
English name: Spider orchid

A perennial plant, with round tubers, up to 30 cm high. Stem bearing 3 -6 ground leaves, 2 - 4 upper leaves and a terminal spike of 2 - 9 greenish to brown flowers. No appendage at the tip of dark brown lip, which is marked in the form of Greek pi.
Yet another endangered species of orchids in Croatia,  it is under special protection.
Can be found on sunny spots in grass land or woods on chalk and lime.

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