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« on: December 09, 2011, 08:23:08 pm »

Took these photographs this evening of an Ophrys fusca.  There were quite a few plants close by almost in flower too.


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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 08:27:25 pm »

Great Kevin, we did look around the area near to Zahara during today's field meeting without success, so congratulations. Nice photographs.

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 01:06:20 pm »

Hi Kevin.

The fusca type found this late/early in Malaga and Granada Provinces has now been given the name Ophrys malacitana according to Lowe. If you do a search there is a paper by Michael Lowe on the fusca subject somewhere on the net. They have been separated on size and because of the pollinator insect?? Beyond me!!!

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 01:37:05 pm »

Thanks for that Mick - will take a look.  It certainly is a complicated group!
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 01:47:06 pm »

I can't believe you have found an orchid already...

Great photos.

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 03:04:46 pm »

Hi Brenda.

Been out looking and have found masses of leaves ready for next year but its to dam cold here for much to grow yet. I have not seen these early Fusca yet so need a site if possible Kevin. Mail me direct if easier.

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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2011, 10:58:59 pm »

Just received an email from Michael Lowe confirming that it looks good for Ophrys malacitana!!  They are know to occur in the area and have also been recorded in Mijas in December.  Thanks Mick.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2011, 02:18:33 pm »

I found an Ophrys fusca yesterday here in Sierra Almijara, alt. ca 500 m. Not quite in flower yet, I have to admit, but within a week, I believe!

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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2011, 09:40:14 pm »

Hi Kevin and Petrea.

I did not get down as far as Mabella but picked up a couple of plants of malacitana near Coin, in Malaga Province. It was very windy and shaded so the shots I got were not good. Petrea I am guessing that the plant you have seen is in Granada Province?

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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2011, 10:28:57 pm »

No, we are in Málaga, but the far eastern end. Granada is on the other side of the Almijaras, to the north and east. It was close to Frigiliana, a bit higher up in the nature park.

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