Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Co.Cork


Bee Orchid
Ophrys apifera
Magairlín na mbeach
Family: Orchidaceae

Flowering time: June-July. Perennial. Native.

Pink sepals, spread wide, reddish-brown labellum resembling a bee.
Labellum velvety, broader than sepals, almost same length.
Loose rosette of grey-green, lanceolate, pointed leaves.
Erect leafy stem. Tuberous root system. Height:25-45cm.

Calcareous grassland, dunes, old quarries, meadows. Rare, scattered distribution. Protected in Northern Ireland.
     


    



Photograph above: © Gerry Flannery, Bull Island. June 2008

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