Ophrys herae Hirth & Spaeth, 1992
Samos ● Greece
Etymology: after godess Herae.
Description: The main characteristic of this species is the light colour of the basal field of the lip (orange-olive green).
Biology: The pollinator is Andrena thoracica. Flowering time: February - early April.
Habitat: similar to Ophrys mammosa, usually at more acidic soils. From 0 to 800m.
Distribution: This species is originally described from Samos island. Originally described by Hirth & Spaeth in 1992 from the island of Samos, it was considered to have quite a broad distribution in Greece, from the Ionian islands in the West to the Aegean ones in the east, extending also south to:b Crete, and even farther east to Cyprus. But more recently Monika Hirth restricted its distribution to the sole island of Samos, and described O. janrenzii from Corfu. The name of O. x pseudomammosa auct. non Renz was also used for the Cretan plants.
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