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Ophrys saliarisii

Ophrys saliarisii
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Orchids of Samos island (Greece) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-20 10:20
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Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This new described Ophrys is close to O. episcopalis. It is found in the forests around Laerma, central Rhodes and around Lithi on Chios. It is pollinated by Eucera plumigera. It seems it is the first time this species is found on Samos. It was first described as Ophrys lyciensis, from Lycian region of Turkey. But this species shows some differences with the Turkish endemic species. Many thanks to Zissis Antonopoulos, author of the great book “The bee Orchids of Greece – the genus Ophrys”, for indicated it.

Ophrys saliarisii Paulus & M. Hirth 2009
Group : O. bornmuelleri
Family : Orchidaceae

O. saliarisii has large flowers. The lip length is 13.8 - 16.1 mm and its shape is very trapezoid. The basal field is short and petals are twice as long as broad.
The species flowers early, in the first fortnight of April, much earlier than O. colossaea.

References :
Paulus, H. F. & Hirth, M. 2009. Bestäbung und Systematik der Ophrys holoserica - episcopalis - Gruppe: Ophrys saliarisii sp. nov. aus Chios und Rhodos. J. Eur. Orch. 41: 663-680.
Antonopoulos Z., 2009. The bee Orchids of Greece. The genus Ophrys. Mediterraneao Editions. [link to the Editor]

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  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-20 10:23]

Splendid Flower, congratulations and TFS!

Hello Catherine
This is great. Nature's design is amazing, and this is an outstanding example. Sharp, well positioned in the frame, with good background.
Kind regards

hello Catherine
this one is very good sharpness
beautiful colours good light and great details
i love this orchid Fam. very much
greeting lou

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-05-20 12:21]

Thank you, Catherine, for sharing these orchids with us.

This is a beautiful specimen indeed, quite similar to the ones we saw in Rhodes, who have been given various other species names...



Hi and Good Morning dear,

A beautiful macro to accompany with very useful notes.
Superb sharpness and color saturation.
The background is perfect for this type of composition.
Well done my friend!
TFS and have a nice day!


Très belle orchidée. Je me suis spécialement penché sur une espèce qui vit en Belgique dans les fagnes: l'Ophris insectifera. J'en parle dans une conférence car elle met en déroute à elle seule toute la théorie de l'évolution. Merci pour celle-ci. Rudy

Ciao Catherine. Intirgant playing of light to exalt colours. Very good sharp and details. Nice compo.


Hy Catherine
The orchids from genus Ophris are extraordinary proves of adaptation. And it is amazing how many patterns, colors could be found in this species.
As ussualy, a very good image, prezenting only one flower, in a pleasant composition. Well done.

Salut Catherine,
this orchid is very noble and I love the different colours and designs on this flower.
Also a pretty BG. You captured it with excellent sharpness and the light is perfect.
Thanks, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excellent photo Catherine!
I think you made a discovery. It looks very much as Ophrys saliarisii, a new Ophrys described from Chios (I have those plants as "Op lyciensis" in the Ophrys of Greece book) and Rhodes! Now you added Samos, bravo.

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