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Ophrys apifera


Perennial herbaceous plant with 2 oval tubers. Its stems are 15 - 35 cm high, with 2-4 rosette and 2-5 stem green leaves. The inflorescence is loose, with 3-10 to 15 flowers. The sepals are pink, with a length of 11 - 17 mm and a width of 5 - 9 mm. The two petals are linear, 3-7 mm long, fibrous. The labellum resembles a bee's body, it is elongated, three-dimensional, with the middle part curved, velvety, chestnut-brown, with yellow spots.
Self-pollinating plant. Propagated with seeds.
This orchid flowers from May to June.

Common names
Bee orchid
Conservation status
CITES-listed species
Records
This species has been reported 11 times with a total of 70 specimens recorded.
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