Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Ophrys apifera Hudson - Bee orchid
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Ophrys apifera
© Robert Thompson
Ophrys apifera
© Robert Thompson
Ophrys apifera
© Robert Northridge
Ophrys apifera
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A species of limestone, chalk or calcareous dunes, rather frequent but local in Northern Ireland. In North East Ireland it was first discovered as recently as 1923 by C. D. Chase at Magheramorne chalk quarry, where it still grows (1999).

There are between 2 ~ 12 flowers produced each year.

All names: Ophrys apifera Hudson; Ophrys trollii Hegetschw.