Friday’s Fact About: Orchids in Cyprus

This week’s Friday’s Fact is short, but sweet.

The flora in Cyprus is wonderful in Spring & late Autumn time – nature watchers recommend February/March and also October/November as the best times to explore the countryside.  There are said to be a couple of thousand plant species on the island, many of which were brought from places such as Latin America, China and Australia.

Many of these plant species are endemic to Cyprus, which brings us to the interesting information about the island’s Orchids: there are around 45-50 different species of orchids in Cyprus and some of these aren’t found anywhere else!  Some of these species are endangered and are protected by law.

The best places to go and explore are the slopes and summit region of the Troodos mountains, the Akamas peninsula and also the coastal bay of Larnaca.

One of the most noticeable of Cyprus’ endemic orchids is the beautiful “Kotschys Bee Orchid” (Ophrys Kotschyi) so named because of its likeness to a bee:

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Other endemic species include:  Serapias Aphrodite, Orchis Troodi, Ophrys Lapethica (pictured below) and more!

 

Serapias Aphrodite

Serapias Aphrodite

Orchis Troodi

Orchis Troodi

Ophyrys Lapethica

Ophyrys Lapethica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good references for more information on the Orchids of Cyprus:

Book: ‘Orchids of Cyprus, and where to find them’ by Joan Hubbard & Pamela Scraton: click HERE

Websites:                                                                                                                                             The Orchids of Cyprus Blog: click HERE                                                                     Cypenv.info: click HERE

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