Syn: Ophrys fuciflora subsp. holubyana (Andrasovszky) Osvačilová, Ophrys arachnites Lam., Ophrys holubyana Andrasovszky
Family: Orchidaceae Juss.

Ophrys holosericea subsp. holubyana

Ophrys holosericea subsp. holubyana

Distribution: The species Ophrys holosericea occurs in continental Europe and Mediterranean region. This subspecies grows only in Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Moravia.

Ecology: It grows in poor meadows, pastures, scrubs and forest edges, from lowlands to foothills. It blooms from May to June.

Description: A perennial herb with an erect stem, 10–40 cm tall. The basal leaves in a rosette, lanceolate, to 10 cm long. The flowers 1–8(–17) in lax inflorescence. The fruit is a capsule. The taxon of hybrid origin, very variable.

Threat and protection: The Late Spider Orchid is a protected plant in Czechia and Slovakia, simultaneously is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Ophrys holosericea subsp. holubyanaOphrys holosericea subsp. holubyana

These images were taken in Czechia, Bílé Karpaty, Strání (May 29, 2004).