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Bee Orchid

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Orchidales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Ophrys
Species: apifera
Binomial name
Ophrys apifera

Ophrys apifera is said to resemble a bee, and this may be used to attract bees to aid in pollination. (apifera means "bee-bearer"). The flower is furry to the touch. The flower is quite variable in the pattern of coloration.

  • Common name: Bee orchid
  • Flowers: June-July
  • Distribution: on lime, grassland, dunes in Britain, France and Germany.
  • Leaves: elliptical, pointed



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