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Ophrys archimedia

Ophrys archimedia
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Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 400D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 17:45
Viewed: 4022
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ophrys archimedia is endemic to Sicily.
I had trouble identifying this species so called upon the help of Gunether Blaich to help me clarify the identity.


The fusca - / lutea - Complex of Sicily
There is a big number of Pseudophrys species in Sicily, i.e. abdominal pollinated Ophrys fusca s.l. and lutea s.l., of which most can be distinguished easily. However one should look at the whole population, and be careful picking out of individually deviating stems, since there are individual 'outliers' in size or shape of the bloom in every bigger Ophrys fusca s.l. population. In Sicily there are also many sites where several species are occurring simultaneously or successively. Not yet all Sicilian Pseudophrys have been described as species, so some have still to be named provisionally according to the form of the labellum, the pollinating bee, or an important site.

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Hi anita and mike,
Very nice macro shot. Good lighing. Brilliant colours. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-01 1:09]
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Hello Anita,
I quite understand your difficulty in identifying this one - there are so many that look alike! Excellent capture showing great details and fine natural colours. I like the way you've caught it in a glimpse of light against the shady background.
Many thanks, Ulla

Bonjour anita & mike,
Très intéressante espèce, avec une coloration du labelle intermédiaire entre les groupes "fusca" et "lutea". Le cliché rend bien compte de ces particularités.

You're back! We missed you. :)

Another lovely close-up...great details and another very interesting specimen!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2007-11-01 10:57]
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Hi Anita and Mike,

Superb picture of a lovely orchid! This is the kind of pictures I'm looking for on TN!

This Ophrys does indeed have elements of O. lutea and O. fusca, both of which grow in Israel.



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