Ophrys ariadnae H.F. Paulus, 1994
Group: O. reinholdii
Common names: Ophrys d’Ariane [Fr], Ariadne-Ragwurz [De], Οφρύς της Αριάδνης [Gr]
Diafani, KARPATHOS ● Greece
Description: Similar to Ophrys cretica, but with a more complicated pattern on the speculum, a smaller stigmatic cavity without constriction at its base, and lateral lobes that are more rounded and without a sharp edge. On Karpathos, it shows a more complicated speculum.
Biology: Flowering from late February to early April.
Habitat: Limestone soils, dry locations and phrygana.
Distribution: Crete and Karpathos, the Cyclades, Kythira and most probably southern Peloponnese. Small colony in Northern Attica.
Antonopoulos Z., 2009. The bee Orchids of Greece. The genus Ophrys. Mediterraneao Editions. [link to the Editor]