- a hardy genus of terrestrial orchids of Europe and northern Africa and western Asia
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genus Ophrys noun
a hardy genus of terrestrial orchids of Europe and northern Africa and western Asia
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genus of orchids, family Orchidaceae, containing approximately 30 species of plants native to Eurasia and North Africa. All have metallic-coloured, ... [2 related articles]
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Ophrys is a genus of hardy terrestrial orchids with three sub-equal sepals and two entire petals. Two species; the bee orchid (Ophrys apifera) and the fly orchid (Ophrys muscifera) are native to Britain, occurring in limestone and chalky districts.
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These plants are remarkable in that they successfully reproduce through pseudocopulation, that is, their flowers mimic female insects to such a degree that amorous males are fooled into mating with the flowers, thereby pollinating them. There are many natural hybrids. They are referred to as the `Bee orchids` due to the flowers of some species r..
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