Ophrys fusca

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Ophrys fusca
Ophrys lupercalis 3.jpg
Flower of Ophrys fusca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchidae
Subtribe: Orchidinae
Alliance: Orchis
Genus: Ophrys
Species: O. fusca
Binomial name
Ophrys fusca
  • Arachnites fusca (Link) Tod.
  • Ophrys kedra Paulus
  • Ophrys meropes P.Delforge
  • Ophrys theophrasti Devillers & Devillers-Tersch.

Ophrys fusca, commonly known as the sombre bee-orchid or the dark bee-orchid, is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to western Asia.[1][2]


Five subspecies are currently recognized (May 2014):[1]

  • Ophrys fusca subsp. blitopertha (Paulus & Gack) Faurh. & H.A.Pedersen - Turkey, Greek islands
  • Ophrys fusca subsp. cinereophila (Paulus & Gack) Faurh.- Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria
  • Ophrys fusca subsp. fusca - from Portugal to Turkey
  • Ophrys fusca subsp. iricolor (Desf.) K.Richt. - from Portugal to Turkey
  • Ophrys fusca subsp. pallida (Raf.) E.G.Camus in E.G.Camus & A.A.Camus - Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria


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