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orchid id please

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Offline quentin

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« on: May 23, 2017, 18:20 PM »
Hello,

I came across this orchid at around 1200m near a village called Castaras, in the Alpujarras region of Andalucia last week. I've had a look in "Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean" (Blamey and Grey-Wilson) and the closest I can get to it is Ophrys scolopax subsp. apiformis. Does anyone have a more positive idea of what it may be. It was about 30cm high.

Thanks.

Offline BrenJ

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2017, 13:42 PM »
Hello Quentin,

It could be Ophrys picta. It is much smaller than O. scolopax.

Brenda

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 00:26 AM »
It looks like a "Laughing bumble bee" orchid or Ophrys apifera

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 16:05 PM »
Thanks Brenda and Juan. I don't even have Ophrys picta in my book and the pictures I found on the internet look a little too "defined" compared with the one I saw. However, Ophrys apifera looks a lot more like it.

Thanks to you both.

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 16:59 PM »
No, not apifera (photo added). Scolopax or picta.
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