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Bee orchid

Genus: Ophrys.

Species: Ophrys apifera.

Photo: 23 May 2017

Ophrys apifera, known in Europe as the bee orchid, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family Orchidaceae. It is remarkable as an example of sexually-deceptive pollination and floral mimicry as well as of a highly-selective and highly evolved plant-pollinator relationship.

L'Ophrys abeille (Ophrys apifera) peut être pollinisé par les insectes. En leur absence, les pollinies de cette espèce se courbent (en se desséchant) et viennent se coller au stigmate réalisant ainsi une autofécondation.

Ophrys abeille (Ophrys apifera) can be pollinated by insects. At its very absence, the pollen of this species will be curdled (when it is dumped), you come to harvest it and then stigmate it by adding a self-fertilization.

Photos of this plant

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