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Garganica has been described in 1962 by NELSON as a subspecies of Ophrys sphegodes, but according to the strict ICBN rules. The married couple DANESCH repeated the description in 1975 validly on material from Promontorio del Gargano in southeastern Italy. Its name is partly misleading, because one can find it in large parts of central and southern Italy, too, as well as in Sicily and Sardinia. As the similar western mediterranean Ophrys garganica subsp. passionis it is pollinated by Andrena pilipes (formerly: A. carbonaria).


Ophrys garganica subsp. garganica
I Toscana, Alberese 28.3.98

Ophrys garganica subsp. garganica
I Promontorio del Gargano, Coppa di Mezzo 26.4.03

 

Ophrys garganica subsp. garganica
left:   I Lecce 8.4.98
right: Sicily Godrano 30.3.98

Ophrys garganica subsp. garganica
Sicily Gela 31.3.98

  
 
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