130970 BEE ORCHID Ophrys apifera (Orchidaceae) Height to 30cm
Perennial of dry grassland, mainly on calcareous soils. FLOWERS have pink sepals and green upper petals; lower petal is 12mm across expanded, furry and maroon with variable, pale yellow markings (vaguely bumblebee-like). Borne in spikes (Jun-Jul). FRUITS are egg-shaped. LEAVES are green and oval, forming a basal rosette, with 2 sheathing leaves on stem. STATUS-Locally common only in England, Wales and S Ireland.