Ophrys mammosa Desfontaines, 1807
Group: O. mammosa
Laerma, RHODES ● Greece
Description: This is a very variable species with a wide distribution in eastern Mediterranean. Many local variants have been observed and influences from other species, probably intermix.
Characteristics of this species: undivided lip, black shiny pseudo-eyes, generally black stigmatic cavity, lip of 12-17mm, bicoloured lateral sepals, purple tinted at their lower part.
Biology: Flowering from April to early May. The pollinator is Andrena fuscosa.
Distribution : Greece, Turkey, Cyprus.
Antonopoulos Z., 2009. The bee Orchids of Greece. The genus Ophrys. Mediterraneao Editions. [link to the Editor]