Orchids of Rhodes

A list of the orchids of Rhodes, by George Pastrikos, a nature photographer and an empirical botanist. George has used a taxonomy which is up to date and in accordance to the newest literature but he has done some additions and modifications in order to adapt the list to his own observations in the field.

Orchids of Rhodes Greece

Left: Ophrys parvula, Kattavia 6-04-2011. Right: Ophrys cinereophila, Attaviros 10-04-2011

 

Orchids of Rhodes Greece

Ophrys tethredinifera, Filerimos 21-02-2008

Orchids of Rhodes Greece

 

Ophrys sitiaca. Filerimos hill.
It is like a rendezvous! Every new year, in the first ten days of January, I use to visit the nearby pine woods of Filerimos hill. There, under the shade of pine trees, Ophrys sitiaca is always the first orchid that begins to flower.

Orchids of Rhodes Greece

Greenish petals and sepals. Colymbia 25-02-2012.

 

Orchids of Rhodes Greece

Without side lobes. Loutanis valley 25-02-2012.

 

Orchids of Rhodes Greece

Pink petals and sepals. Mnt. Attaviros 24-03-2011.

 

 
Totally in the list there are 76 taxa which they are distributed in 10 genera as follows:
  • Ophrys 46
  • Serapias 4
  • Himantoglossum 2
  • Anacamptis 8
  • Orchis 7
  • Neotinea 2
  • Dactylorhiza 1
  • Spiranthes 1
  • Limodorum 2
  • Cephalanthera 2
 
The 76 taxa are as follows:
  • 1.Ophrys iricolor
  • 2.Ophrys cinereophila
  • 3.Ophrys leucadica
  • 4.Ophrys parvula
  • 5.Ophrys attaviria
  • 6.Ophrys eptapigiensis
  • 7.Ophrys lindia
  • 8.Ophrys blitopertha
  • 9.Ophrys persephone
  • 10.Ophrys phryganae
  • 11.Ophrys sicula
  • 12.Ophrys basilissa?
  • 13.Ophrys omegaifera
  • 14.Ophrys apollonae
  • 15.Ophrys sitiaca
  • 16.Ophrys regis-ferdinandii
  • 17.Ophrys speculum
  • 18.Ophrys tethrentinifera
  • 19.Ophrys leochroma
  • 20.Ophrys villosa
  • 21.Ophrys bombyliflora
  • 22.Ophrys apifera
  • 23.Ophrys candica
  • 24.Ophrys candica var. minoa
  • 25.Ophrys colossaea
  • 26.Ophrys halia
  • 27.Ophrys heterochila?
  • 28.Ophrys oreas
  • 29.Ophrys saliarisii
  • 30.Ophrys cornutula
  • 31.Ophrys dodekanensis
  • 32.Ophrys oestrifera?
  • 33.Ophrys calypsus
  • 34.Ophrys calypsus var pseudoapulica
  • 35.Ophrys calypsus var scolopaxoides
  • 36.Ophrys heldreichii
  • 37.Ophrys polyxo
  • 38.Ophrys rhodia
  • 39.Ophrys umbilicata
  • 40.Ophrys cretica ssp. beloniae
  • 41.Ophrys reinholdii
  • 42.Ophrys lucis
  • 43.Ophrys ferrum-equinum
  • 44.Ophrys ferrum-equinum ssp. gottfriediana?
  • 45.Ophrys mammosa
  • 46.Ophrys transhyrcana??
  • 47.Ophrys aesculapii (doubtful)
  • 48.Serapias bergonii
  • 49.Serapias carica
  • 50.Serapias parviflora
  • 51.Serapias politisii
  • 52.Himantoglossum comperianum (extinct)
  • 53.Himantoglossum robertianum
  • 54.Anacamptis collina
  • 55.Anacamptis laxiflora
  • 56.Anacamptis morio ssp. picta
  • 57.Anacamptis papilionacea ssp. heroica
  • 58.Anacamptis papilionacea ssp. thaliae
  • 59.Anacamptis pyramidalis
  • 60.Anacamptis sancta
  • 61.Anacamptis fragrans
  • 62.Orchis anatolica
  • 63.Orchis pinetorum (doubtful)
  • 64.Orchis anthropophora
  • 65.Orchis italica
  • 66.Orchis provincialis
  • 67.Orchis punctulata (extinct)
  • 68.Orchis simia
  • 69.Neotinea intacta
  • 70.Neotinea lactea
  • 71.Dactylorhiza romana (extinct)
  • 72.Spiranthes spiralis
  • 73.Limodorum abortivum
  • 74.Limodorum abortivum var. rubrum
  • 75.Cephalanthera epipactoides (extinct?)
  • 76.Cephalanthera longifolia

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I love your site ! Very excited to find out there are so many orchid varieties on this beautiful island. I first discovered a small variety of orchid on Profits Iliad among the rocks and spruce trees during April a few years ago!

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