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FLY ORCHID Ophrys insectifera (Orchidaceae) Height to 40cm. Slender perennial of dry grassland, open woodland and scrub on calcareous soils. FLOWERS are fancifully insect-like with greenish sepals and thin, brown and antennae-like upper petals; the lower petal is 6-7mm across, velvety maroon with a metallic blue patch, is elongated with 2 side lobes. Up to 14 flowers are borne in an open spike (May-Jun). FRUITS are egg-shaped. LEAVES are oval and glossy; as a basal rosette and on stem. STATUS-Locally common only in England and Wales.
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FLY ORCHID Ophrys insectifera (Orchidaceae) Height to 40cm. Slender perennial of dry grassland, open woodland and scrub on calcareous soils. FLOWERS are fancifully insect-like with greenish sepals and thin, brown and antennae-like upper petals; the lower petal is 6-7mm across, velvety maroon with a metallic blue patch, is elongated with 2 side lobes. Up to 14 flowers are borne in an open spike (May-Jun). FRUITS are egg-shaped. LEAVES are oval and glossy; as a basal rosette and on stem. STATUS-Locally common only in England and Wales.

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Date: 1 Jul 2013
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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