Ophrys scolopax

Gouache on 35.5 x 51 cm 100% cotton rag

The European genus Ophrys represents almost 200 species (depending on what taxonomic influences you have) – all are spectacularly bizarre, and there seems to be so much variation within individuals of a population that putting a name to them is a job for the specialists. Ophrys scolopax grows quite commonly here in Catalunya if you know where to look, and is very easy to overlook given its small size and apparent preference for growing in long grass. Local populations seem to suffer a lot owing to the fact that their flowering time (end of May) coincides with the first cutting of the roadside verges.

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