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In the Promontorio del Gargano a spider-like Ophrys is wide spread. Its labellum is a smaller than that of normal Middle-european sphegodes. I think it is an arachnitiforme Ophrys, not Ophrys sphegodes s.str. How far it is distributed out of the Gargano I don't know.

Only in 2011 in Jour.Eur.Orch. 43 (4) ROMOLINI and SOCA described the species under the name Ophrys minipassionis.

In the region of Martina Franca, which is located in the Italian province of Apulia, too, similar plants with coloured perigon can rarely be found.


Ophrys minipassionis
left:   I Promontorio del Gargano 10.4.98
right: I Promontorio del Gargano 25.4.03

Ophrys minipassionis
left:   I Promontorio del Gargano 25.4.03
right: I Puglia, Martina Franca 23.4.03

  
 
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