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               Notable species :-

                             Anacamptis champagneuxii
                        Anacamptis papilionacea
                        Cephalanthera rubra
                        Dactylorhiza elata
                        Dactylorhiza majalis
                        Ophrys aurelia
                        Ophrys caloptera
                        Ophrys philippi
                        Ophrys provincialis
                        Ophrys santonica  
                        Ophrys saratoi
                        Ophrys splendida
                        Ophrys sulcata
                        Ophrys vetula
                        Ophrys virescens
                        Orchis ovalis                       
Orchis spitzelii
                        Serapias cordigera
                        Serapias gregaria
                        Serapias neglecta  
                        Serapias olbia                

                          Ophrys philippi
                                  Ophrys splendida
                                      Ophrys saratoi                                  Serapias neglecta

Areas of interest

* Mons

The small town of Mons lies in the crook of a long sharp bend in the D563 between Clars and Tourrettes. As you descend into the village you travel through a landscape of woodland and hillside meadows which contain many species of orchid. The fields immediately before you cross the river into town are particularly productive, as is the small green opposite the Chappelle Notre Dame de la Pitie. Ophrys provincialis, Ophrys saratoi, Ophrys aurelia, Ophrys fuciflora, Orchis ovalis, Orchis simia, Himatoglossum robertianum, Neotinia tridentata, Serapias vomeracea.

+ Bagnols-en-Foret

From Mons carry on southwards along the D563 past Tourrettes and join the D4 which brings you to Bagnols-en-Foret. As its name suggests, it is situated at the centre of an extremely large area of forest and the roads which radiate from the town in all directions will take you through orchid rich habitat. Of particular interest is the D47 west to La Motte and the D4 north to Saint-Paul-en-Foret. Cephalanthera rubra, Cephalanthera longifolia, Dachtylorhiza majalis, Ophrys scolopax, Ophrys splendida, Ophrys arachnitiformis, Ophrys provincialis, Ophrys vetula, Serapias cordigera, Orchis purpurea, Orchis simia.


Strictly speaking this is a town just across the border in Alpes-Maritmes, it is however most convenient to include the area under the heading of Var. St Vallier lies along the D5 some 5kms north of Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne and is again a town situated amongst countryside rich in orchids. A well known site for orchid enthusiasts is the area of meadow and garrigue that surrounds the Chapel St Luce to the west of the town.
Anacamptis papilionacea ssp septentrionalis, Ophrys scolopax, Ophrys apifera, Ophrys incubacea, Ophrys caloptera, Ophrys vetula, Ophrys provincialis, Ophrys saratoi, Ophrys bertolonii, Orchis militaris, Orchis purpurea.

* Parc naturel regional des Prealpes d'Azur

This is again across the border in Alpes-Maritimes to the north and east of Saint-Cezaire-sur-Saigne. It is an extremely large National Park offering a variety of terrain, though predominantly pastoral uplands, dominated by the mountains of the pre-Alps. Orchids can be found throughout the region but a particularly rewarding zone for the orchid enthusiast is the length of D5 between Saint-Cezaire-sur-Saigne and Saint-Vallier-de-They, particularly the Col de la Leque.
Ophrys bertolonii, Ophrys provincialis, Ophrys fuciflora, Himantoglossum hircinum, Anacamptis papilionacea ssp septentrionalis, Neotinia ustulata, Neotinea tridentata, Orchis purpurea, Orchis anthropophora, Orchis militaris.

* Les Mayons

This is a small town that sits astride the D75 some 5 kms east of Gonfaron. It sits in a wide valley to the north of a ridge of wooded hills rich in orchid species. Approximately 3 kms to the east of the town on the D75 is a large car park amongst the trees that serves a walking track called the Piste de Cinque Sedes. Orchids can be found in the woodland around the car park and also in the field on the opposite side of the road. Anacamptis laxiflora, Anacamptis champagneuxii, Serapias olbia, Serapias neglecta, Serapias cordigera, Serapias vomeracea,
Limodorum abortivum, Cephalanthera longifolia, Cephalanthera rubra, Ophrys scolopax, Ophrys vetula.