Ophrys fusca - Dubbiena
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The plant is seen in small communities or scattered isolates in soil carpets on garigue. They do not usually grow among dense vegetation. Their light green leaves are somehow more conspicuous than the dark brown flowers in their habitat.
The Sombre Bee Orchid is a small erect plant with a basal rosette of 4 to 6 leaves and a flowering stem that can raise up to 35cm. The leaves are broad lanceolate and sometimes slightly twisted. The base of the upper leaves tend to sheath around the flowering stem. Leaves have a smooth outline and show parallel venation.
The flower, as most orchids is complex and decorated. There are 3 outer segments, about 10mm long, that are perpendicular to each other (T-shaped) and considered as the sepals. They are broadly ovate and the upper one (median sepal) is curved inwards like a hood, while the lateral ones are less curved in. The corolla consist of 3 segments or petals of which the lateral ones are small, oblong, green and rather inconspicuous, while the lower segment is large, colourful and lip-shaped; referred to as the labellum. It has a velvet-like texture.
This, and more detailed info from Malta Wild Plants website
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- [2007-01-31 12:12]
good picture and a nice composition, some parts of the orchid are a little bit fuzzy, maybe you can try f/16 next time. You should also reduce noise!
Anyway great picture and informativ text,