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Fly Orchid

Ophrys insectifera

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The flowers resemble wingless bluebottle flies, up to 1cm across in size. They are positioned solitary along an erect stalk. The flower is chocolate brown with a greyish-blue patch in the centre. The flower is shaped like it has got two arms and two legs.
Fruit:
A capsule containing several minute seeds.
Leaves:
Oblong, glossy, narrow and upright leaves. The leaves are mainly located at the base of the plant.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The root is edible when 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.
Aroma:
The scent of the Fly Orchid is said to mimic that of female wasps. This scent attracts male wasps which try to mate with the flowers, helping the flowers to pollinate.
Habitats:
Farmland, fens, grassland, lawns, meadows, scrub, woodland.