Friday, March 2, 2012
Today I present some photographs in order to show the variability of the species.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
It is like a rendezvous! Every new year, in the first ten days of January, I use to visit the nearby pine woods of Filerimos hill. There, under the shade of pine trees, Ophrys sitiaca is always the first orchid that begins to flower.
Happy New Orchid Year to all!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
They both have a small lip (less than 1cm) with a yellow border around it. How can a non expert identify them? Identification of those two species is not easy but not impossible either.
One must pay attention mostly to the bending of the lip. The lip of Oprhys parvula is almost straight across the longitudinal axis, starting to bend (if at all) just after the 2/3rds of its length whereas the lip of Ophrys cinereophila is bending downwards right from the start, at the basal area.
In general, Ophrys parvula is a sorter plant with fewer flowers than Ophrys cinereophila and usually it is found among phrygana, whereas Ophrys cinereophila can be found in a greater variety of habitats like woods, dry meadows and phrygana.
Of course those two species, as the majority of orchids of the genus ophrys, have a different pollinator. Andrena tomora for O. parvula and Andrena cinereophila for O. cinereophila.
Ophrys parvula was considered endemic to the southern part of Rhodes island but recently Zissis Antonopoulos found similar plants in central Cos and Giannis Gavalas in Iraklia (Small Cyclades). It seems that this species is endemic to Southern Aegean islands.
Ophrys cinereophila is distributed from SW Greece to Dodecanese, Cyclades, Crete, S Anatolia and Lebanon.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The first post of this blog couldn't be other than the list of orchids of Rhodes. I have used a taxonomy which is up to date and in accordance to the newest literature but I have done some additions and modifications in order to adapt the list to my own observations in the field. Totally in the list there are 76 taxa which they are distributed in 10 genera as follows:
The 76 taxa are as follows:
24.Ophrys candica var. minoa
34.Ophrys calypsus var pseudoapulica
35.Ophrys calypsus var scolopaxoides
40.Ophrys cretica ssp. beloniae
44.Ophrys ferrum-equinum ssp. gottfriediana?
47.Ophrys aesculapii (doubtful)
52.Himantoglossum comperianum (extinct)
56.Anacamptis morio ssp. picta
57.Anacamptis papilionacea ssp. heroica
58.Anacamptis papilionacea ssp. thaliae
63.Orchis pinetorum (doubtful)
67.Orchis punctulata (extinct)
71.Dactylorhiza romana (extinct)
74.Limodorum abortivum var. rubrum
75.Cephalanthera epipactoides (extinct?)
?= the presence of the species is under question but there are some evidences for its presence
Ophrys transhyrcana??= an Oriental species, maybe the plants of Rhodes are just a variety of O. mammosa
doubtful= the presence of the species is doubtful and there are some evidences that the report from Rhodes was erroneous
extinct= the species is extinct from Rhodes but there are possibilities to reappear
Cephalanthera epipactoides (extinct?)= the single plant of this species that I have seen on the island has been extinct but there are some reports for the presence of the species.