Nature Notes - The Mallorca Pages

Orchidaceae - Ophrys

Ophrys speculum   Ophrys speculum
c 19 mm across red-striped sepals (= top L fl in pic on left)

Ophrys speculum, the Mirror Orchid.  Only seen once, on a roadside verge.  I think I was a bit early for this species and was lucky to find one in flower before I left.

Ophrys fusca
c 1.6 cm across spreading sepals
  Ophrys fusca
c 2.2 cm across spreading sepals
  Ophrys fusca
Hood c 12 mm across at widest

Ophrys fusca, the Brown Bee Orchid.  Very common on roadsides and grassy places or woodland clearings.  When I arrived it had already been flowering for some time and there were many flowers that were past it, like the one on the right.  As the flowers are very variable I couldn't always tell whether an unusual one was in its prime or faded, but I think the middle picture is a genuine variant.  The first picture shows the commonest form.  The plants only have a few flowers per stem, and sometimes only one.

Ophrys bertolonii
Height of plant c 30 cm
  Ophrys bertolonii
Width across spreading sepals c 3 cm

Ophrys bertolonii, Bertoloni's Bee Orchid.  Only seen once, towards end of visit, probably its flowering period was just starting.  On roadside verge.

Ophrys tenthredinifera   Ophrys tenthredinifera
Top open flower c 3 cm across speadng sepals
  Ophrys tenthredinifera
c 2.5 cm across spreading sepals

Ophrys tenthredinifera, the Sawfly Orchid.  Seen on 3 or 4 occasions, on road verges or beside paths.

Ophrys bombyliflora
c 20 mm across spreading green sepals
  Ophrys bombyliflora

Ophrys bombyliflora, the Bumblebee Orchid.  Quite frequently met with, small and difficult to see in grass, but conspicuous when in bare ground.  Forms large colonies, RH pic shows a part of one of these.  Often just one or two flowers per stem.