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Set B6 - Wild Flowers Series 2 - card information

18. Bee Orchid
(Ophrys apifera Huds.)

18. Bee Orchid

On dry limestone or chalk soil you may find the Bee Orchid, but there is nothing certain about its appearance. One year it will grow in great numbers, and on the same site in the following year only one or two plants may appear. The flower does indeed resemble a bumble bee with its head in a pale flower, but as a rule is self-pollinated by means of a very ingenious mechanism. It blooms in June and July.