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Ophrys parosica

O. parosica was first described by Delforge fro Paros in 1995 and is a member of the O. attaviria group of Ophrys.

This species together with O. phaseliana and the more recently described O. pelinaea have been  presenting taxonomic challenges for a decade now,  most particularly in terms of possible conspecificity and aso their very presence or otherwise in the eastern Aegean. In his 2006 book, Delforge described both O. parosica and O. phaseliana as separate species whilst acknowledging the possibility of conspecificity. His opinion has now moved to a reduction of O, phaseliana's status to one of a varietal position as O. parosica v phaseliana. He similarly reclassifies O. parosica as O. parosica v parosica but maintains his view that they occur in the eastern Aegean.

More recent research by Paulus and Hirth (2015) does not accord with this opinion and suggests reclassification of all the above species (together with O. meropes and O. theophrasti) from the eastern Aegean as O. pelinaea. O. parosica being restricted to the Cyclades and O. phaseliana to south west Turkey.

The illustrations are all from Chios (eastern Aegean) and depict plants with the typical marbling and open sinuses that were considered at the time to be O. parosica In the light of recent studies this page is likely to need amendment but until there is definitve clarification of the position, it is left in place.