Ophrys atlantica

Ophrys atlantica

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchideae
SubTribe: Orchidinae
Genus: Ophrys
Species: Ophrys atlantica
Binomial name
Ophrys atlantica
Munby 1856

Ophrys atlantica is a plant of the family Orchidaceae that is found in Europe to Africa.


Plant is found growning in deciduous and pinewood forest floor and grasslands in Spain, Italy, and western North Africa at elevations of 0 to 1500 meters.


Plant blooms in the spring with one to four 3 cm flowers.


Plants prefer well-drained low-fertility soils and areas with partial shade. Plants are very sensitive to the addition of fertilizers or fungicides and transplanting because it kills symbiotic fungus. The plant is usually propagated through seed culture. This species is cool to intermediate growing. Divide plant when flower fades.


Common name:The Atlantic Ophyrs


  1. Ophrys atlantica subsp. durieui (Rchb.f.) Maire & Weiller 1959
  2. Ophrys fusca subsp. atlantica E. & A. Camus 1928
  3. Ophrys fusca subsp. durieui (Rchb. fil.) Soó 1927
  4. Ophrys fusca var. atlantica (Munby) Coss. 1861
  5. Ophrys fusca var. durieui Rchb. fil. 1851


Ophrys atlantica subsp. hayekii Ophrys atlantica subsp. hayekii
(H. Fleischm. & Soó) Soó
Lip is dark brown with minute blue streaks, sepals and petals are green

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