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Rare Species of Orchids Give Life to Lesvos Petrified Forest

Lesvos forest orchids Ophrys lesbisThe jaw-dropping Ophrys lesbis orchids now growing in Lesvos’ Petrified Forest. Credit: AMNA

Due to impassioned conservation efforts in Lesvos’ Petrified Forest, a breathtaking, rare endemic orchid species named Ophrys lesbis is now flourishing. This species of orchid — which only grows on Lesvos and nearby island Chios — is a stunning addition to the forest.

Unique ophrys lesbis orchids flower in Lesvos Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest conservation efforts have the goal of protecting the distinctive fossil remains, but the prevention of grazing in the area has had a very pleasant side-effect.

The rare ophrys lesbis orchids, which grow only there and on the island Chios, are sure to delight visitors to the area. Perfect symbols of springtime, the orchids can now be viewed by visitors and nature lovers.

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