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Ophrys incubacea is wide spread between Portugal and former Yugoslavia. Despite the wide geographical distribution it is very well characterized by the strong swellings with bald inner side, the three bright marks in the stigmatic cave, and the tapering petals. Often the labellum is surrounded by a wreath of strong hairs. In the most Western part of its area the swellings often aren't bald, and the basale area is sometimes coloured rather bright orange. Ophrys incubacea is pollinated by the bee Andrena morio.

In the region of Ocio in the Northern Spanish province of Alava Ophrys incubacea or a very closely related species is occurring with pink sepals. From Italy the same colour deviation has been described as Ophrys incubacea var. dianensis by PERAZZA and DORO in Jour.Eur.Orch.35(4) in 2003.


Ophrys incubacea
left:   I Abruzzo 8.6.02
right: I Potenza 6.5.89

Ophrys incubacea
left:   F S.Cyr-sur-Mer 22.4.00
right: F S.Cyr-sur-Mer 5.5.04

Ophrys incubacea
left:   F Maures 28.4.02
right: P Serra da Arrabida 27.3.02

 

Ophrys incubacea
Sardinia North 3.4.00

Ophrys incubacea
E Alava, Ocio 22.5.03

Ophrys incubacea
E Alava, Ocio 22.5.03

  
 
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