Ophrys italica

Italian orchid                                                                                           Σατυρικός

Orchidaceae - the orchid family                                                                      Monocot


15-20mm, 20-30cm                                              JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Often found alongside the commoner pyramidal orchid, this beautiful, pink orchid can be distinguished by the oblong arrangement of the flowers, the purplish splodges on the leaves and stem and the characteristic shape of the individual flowers. These are said to resemble the figure of a tiny man, or more accurately a man with a tail, hence the ancient Greek name for the flower "satyrkos".

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