Monday, 22 June 2015

Chlorantha ...

Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera var. chlorantha)

At least eight varieties and forms of the Bee Orchid have been identified in Britain. The flowers of Ophrys apifera var. chlorantha lack the red-brown pigments, having white sepals and a greenish-yellow lip marked with white. It is recorded from Sussex, Middlesex, Essex and Yorkshire. This specimen, one of around a dozen recorded, from within the South Downs National Park.


References:

Lang, D., 2004. Britain’s Orchids. Old Basing, Hampshire: WILDGuides Ltd., pp. 150-153.

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