by Stephen Mifsud
   14 Aug 2020      ()
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Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora
  (Small-flowered Bumble-Bee Orchid)

Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora  (ORCHIDACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora retrieved from on 2020-Aug-14

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Ophrys bombyliflora var. parvifloraMifsud

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

No Main Synonyms
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Plant Family :

Orchidaceae Juss. (The Orchid Family)
41 species from the Orchidaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Small-flowered Bumble-Bee Orchid

Maltese name(s) :

Brimba Griża żgħira

Status for Malta :

Endemic. Occurs only on the Maltese islands

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: GEOPHYTE (bearing underground bulbs, rhizomes, stolons, etc.)
Germination [info]: Monocotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Protected by law: Regulation 26 of LN311/2006. (Strictly protected endemic species)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:

Brown or Dark

Remarks :

A new form of Ophrys bombyliflora described by Stephen Mifsud in the Journal of European Orchids (Dec 2009). Unless reported from other countries, this plant is so far regarded as endemic. It differs from the normal form of Ophrys bombyliflora by having significantly smaller flowers (2/3rds the size). A population of more than 100 specimens all had such small flowers, while another population was found at l/o Rabat and had less specimens and was not as well established as the holotype. Further details and other minor differences can be read in the corresponding paper:

Mifsud Stephen (2009). A NEW FORM OF OPHRYS BOMBYLIFLORA LINK DESCRIBED FROM MALTA, Journal of European Orchids 41(3/4): 611-622 Malta, Dec 2009. Abstract: A new form, Ophrys bombyliflora Link forma parviflora S. Mifsud is described for plants with significantly smaller lips from the typical form of O. bombyliflora and with a bright, contrasting speculum. These plants were observed as homogenous populations in 2 different sites in Malta, isolated from populations of the locally common Ophrys bombyliflora Link.

Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Species endemic to the Maltese islands, not found in the rest of Europe

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Botanical Description:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes


Images (9 images)
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-0.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-1.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-2.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-3.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-4.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-5.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-6.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-7.
   Ophrys bombyliflora var. parviflora   -   Image Code: OPHBP-8.

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