Ophrys sphegodes subsp. litigiosa (E.G.Camus) Bech. 1925 var litigiosa Photo courtesy of P.-M. Blais and the Orchids of France and Europe

Part sunCool to Cold LATE SpringandSummer

Found in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Yugoslavia as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with 5 top 9, ovate-lanceolate leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, several [6 to 10] flowered inflorescence occuring in the spring and early summer .

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Synonyms Ophrys araneola Rchb. 1831; Ophrys aranifera subsp. araneola (Rchb.) Richter 1890; Ophrys araneola subsp. illyrica (S.Hertel & K.Hertel) Kreutz 2004; Ophrys aranifera subsp. litigiosa (E.G.Camus) P.Fourn. in ?; Ophrys aranifera var. pseudospeculum Rchb. fil.; Ophrys aranifera var. quadriloba Rchb. fil. 1851; Ophrys argensonensis J.-C.Guérin & A.Merlet 1998; Ophrys ausonia Devillers, Devillers-Tersch. & P.Delforge 2004; Ophrys illyrica S.Hertel & K.Hertel 2002; Ophrys incantata Devillers & Devillers-Tersch. 2004; Ophrys litigiosa E.G.Camus 1900; Ophrys quadriloba (Rchb.f.) E.G.Camus 1908; Ophrys sphegodes subsp. araneola (Rchb.) Lainz; Ophrys sphegodes subsp. argensonensis (J.-C.Guérin & A.Merlet) Kreutz 2004; Ophrys sphegodes subsp. tommasinii (Visiani) Soó; Ophrys tommasinii Visiani 1852; Ophrys tommasinii subsp. litigiosa (E.G.Camus) Soó 1973

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ophyrs The Bee Orchids of Europe Pederson & Faurholdt 2007

Ophrys sphegodes subsp. litigiosa var. argentaria (Devillers-Tersch. & Devillers) Faurh. 2002

Part sunCool to Cold Spring

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

A spring blooming, small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid that is endemic to Italy and differs from the type by it's large and often complicated mirror.

Synonyms *Ophrys argentaria J. & P. Devillers-Terschuren 1991