'Bee Orchid' (Ophrys apifera) - "This happy little guy gets its name from its resemblance to a smiling bumblebee. The Bee Orchid is widespread across Europe the Middle East & North Africa. It requires a symbiotic relationship with a certain type of fungus in order to successfully grow, making transplanting extremely difficult. The coloring and shape of the flower mimics the look and smell of a female bee which entices male bees towards it to mate, thus expediting the pollination process!"
This is a Bee Orchid, which Resembles The Back of a Female Bee in order To Lure Male Bees to Land and unintentionally Pollinate The Orchid.
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The vanilla bean orchid is a very special flower, it only blooms for one day while producing the wonderful, fragrant seed pods that we've come to know and love in cooking