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  1. Ophrys, genus Ophrys(noun)

    a hardy genus of terrestrial orchids of Europe and northern Africa and western Asia

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  1. Ophrys

    The genus Ophrys is a large group of orchids from the alliance Orchis in the subtribe Orchidinae. These plants are remarkable in that they successfully reproduce through pseudocopulation, that is, their flowers mimic female insects to such a degree that amorous males are fooled into mating with the flowers, thereby pollinating them. There are many natural hybrids. The type species is Ophrys insectifera L.1753 They are referred to as the "Bee orchids" due to the flowers of some species resemblance to the furry bodies of bees and other insects. Their scientific name Ophrys is the Greek word for "eyebrow", referring to the furry edges of the lips of several species. Ophrys was first mentioned in the book "Natural History" by Pliny the Elder.

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