described subspecies has long been determined (along with
specimens that bear the characteristics of O. holoserica
ssp. dinarica) as the nominate species. Unfortunately it is
nearly impossible to reconstruct which past records in the
refer to subsp. appennina.
Future research will have
to show how common this species really is in the Marche.
subsp. appeninna often grows together with the earlier
flowering subsp. dinarica, and intermediate forms are
Grows in grassy (often
shady) hillside meadows; flowers from May to June.
NOTE: The official name of this
entity is O.
I consider it a subspecies of holoserica, even if an
official recombination has not been published yet.
-ROMOLINI, R & R. SOUCHE (2013),
Ophrys d'Italia, Editions sococor, pp.258-263