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Bee Orchid

Ophrys apifera

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The Bee Orchid is so named because the flower resembles a Bumble Bee. Each flower has 3 prominent pink sepals with gold-coloured markings on them. The flower is very unique in appearance and is unlikely to be mistaken for any other species. The Bee Orchid can take as long as 8 years before acquiring any flowers.
Fruit:
A capsule containing numerous minute seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves grow in a rosette formation.
Maximum Size:
45cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The root is edible, cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Humble Bee Orchid.
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, roadsides, sand dunes, wasteland.