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This species is accepted, and its native range is Medit.
Ophrys fusca


Throughout the Mediterranean and along the French Atlantic coast north to Brittany. [Aeg, Alb, Bal, Cor, Cre, Fra, Gre, Ita, Mal, Por, Sar, Sic, Spa, Tur, Yug; Ana, Cyp, Isr, Mor, Tun]

General Description

Plant compact to slender, (5-)7-40(-70) cm tall with 1-10(-11) flowers in a lax to dense spike. Sepals (pale) green to yellowish green, olive-green or white, ovate to elliptic, 7-18 × 3-10 mm; dorsal sepal more or less boatshaped, incurved, from the base nearly parallel to the column. Petals (yellowish) green (to yellow), often suffused with red or brown, narrowly oblong to linear-oblong with (almost) flat margins, 4-12 × 1-4 mm, glabrous, spreading to moderately incurved. Lip with (purplish) brown (to purplish black) ground colour and sometimes a yellow or yellowish green margin, straight (to gradually downcurved) or with a knee-like bend at the base and always with recurved margins, distinctly longitudinally furrowed at base, three-lobed around the middle or closer to the apex, 7-26 × 5-21 mm, velvety (especially towards the margin); bulges absent; mid-lobe distinctly longer than the side lobes, emarginate (to rounded); mirror distinct to somewhat obscure, consisting of a figure shaped more or less like the tail of a fish (sometimes longitudinally split) and extending from the base of the lip to above the middle, dull grey to (occasionally shining) blue or dull violet to reddish brown (rarely marbled), often more strongly coloured in front. Column rounded, not tapering towards the base (in side view); stigmatic cavity wider than long and approximately twice as wide as the anther, devoid of lateral eye-like knobs at base.


Dry to moist, occasionally wet, soil in full sunlight to light shade from sea level to 1500 m altitude. Typical habitats include roadside verges, garrigue, maquis, pesticide-free olive-groves and grassland as well as lightopen pine and oak woods.

Native to:

Albania, Algeria, Baleares, Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., France, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia

Ophrys fusca Link appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Italy 161.000
Kennedy, E.W. [1514], Cyprus 162.000
Davis, P. [25168], Turkey 163.000
France 164.000
Watson, J.M. [7], Greece 165.000
Watson, J.M. [23], Turkey 166.000
Whiting, M.M. [1], Malta 20386.000
Trethewy, H.W. [239-241], Morocco 20388.000
Terry, H., France 20389.000
Greece 20749.000
Russell, J. [5], Portugal 20750.000
Suart, J.B. [A1], Cyprus 24001.000
Banks, C., Italy 26533.000
Cumberlege [1501], Greece 27656.000
Banks, C., Israel 27842.000
Watson, J.M. [5], Greece 2987.000
Watson, J.M. [6], Greece 2988.000
Blamey, P. [8], Spain 38330.000
Wood, J.J. [184], Greece 39027.000
Wood, J.J. [68], Cyprus 39113.000
Chesterman, D.D. [30], Italy 39136.000
Wood, J.J. [253], Greece 39485.000
Chesterman, D.D. [59], Cyprus 39513.000
Brenan, J.P.M. [11121], Greece 40226.000
Collins, P.B. [74/0009], Portugal 41279.000
Collins, P.B. [74/0016], Portugal 41281.000
Collins, P.B. [75/0004], Italy 41294.000
Wood, J.J. [426], Italy 43672.000
Syngrassides, A. [1417], Cyprus 5808.000
Palmer, L. 5809.000
Nicolaide, G., Cyprus 5811.000
Syngrassides, A. [1430], Cyprus 5812.000
Whiting, M.M. [5], Malta 5814.000
Russell, J. [2], Portugal 5815.000
CPCF [CPCF 463a-b] 70488.000
CPCF [CPCF 462] 70489.000
CPCF [CPCF 471] 70491.000
CPCF [CPCF 474] 70403.000
CPCF [CPCF 466] 70494.000
Griveau, C., France 70692.000
Chase [16367] 71749.000
s.coll. [s.n.], Italy K000363941
s.coll. [s.n.], Greece K000363940
Heldreich [s.n.], Greece K000363937
Tineo [s.n.], Italy K000363939
Trevelyan, W.C. [s.n.], Portugal K000363936
Trevelyan, W.C. [s.n.], Portugal K000363931
s.coll. [s.n.], Italy K000363942
Heldreich [s.n.], Greece K000363938

First published in J. Bot. (Schrader) 1799(2): 324 (1800)

Accepted by

  • Dimopoulos, P., Raus, T., Bergmeier, E., Constantinidis, T., Iatrou, G., Kokkini, S., Strid, A., & Tzanoudakis, D. (2013). Vascular plants of Greece. An annotated checklist: 1-372. Botanic gardens and botanical museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin and Hellenic botanical society, Athens.
  • Faurholdt, N. & Pedersen, H.Æ. (2009). Flueblomster fra Marokko til Mellemøsten: 1-122. Dansk Orchide Klub og forfatterne.
  • G.I.R.O.S. (2009). Orchidee d'Italia: 1-303. Il Castello srl, Italy.
  • Galán Cela, P. & Gamarra, R. (2003). Check List of the Iberian and Balearic Orchids 2 Anales del Jardin Botanico de Madrid 60: 309-329.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Kühn, R., Pedersen, H.Æ. & Cribb, v (2019). Field Guide to the Orchids of Europe and the Mediterranean: 1-430. Kew Publishing, England.
  • Pedersen, H.Æ. & Faurholdt, N. (2007). Ophrys. The Bee Orchids of Europe: 1-297. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Vázquez Pardo, F.M. (2009). Revisión de la familia Orchidaceae en Extremadura (España) Folia Botanica Extremadurensis 3: 1-367.



  • Pedersen, H.Æ. & Faurholdt, N. Ophrys: the bee orchids of Europe. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 297p. ISBN 9781842461525 En Geog 1, (2007).

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