Bee Orchid -

The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) is a species of orchid whose population varies from year to year, and they favour short grassy areas, mostly in chalk and limestone landscapes.

It has a large flower which represents a bumblebee, and has even fooled some bumblebees to mate with the flower. The flower produces no pollen, as this species is one of the few self-pollinating species of orchid.

There are several varieties, with the rarest being the all-brown form. This form is known from one public site in the country.

This species can grow up to 40cm tall.

This species flowers from June-July.


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