Abstract. Delforge, P., Devillers, P. & Devillers-Terschuren, J.- Ophrys linearis, the correct name, at the specific rank for the "long-petaled Ophrys fuciflora" of southeastern France [Natural. belges 81 (Orchid. 13) (2000): 145-156 + 4 figs]. An ophrys of the Ophrys fuciflora complex characterised by long petals and a strongly convex, bulbous, usually very decorated labellum with a complex, often candico•d macula, and a somewhat variable but usually complete wreath of hair along the sides, has long been known from Mediterranean regions of southeastern France. Recently, Paulus and Gack have suggested to apply to it the binome O. pseudoscolopax, based on Ophrys insectifera subsp. arachnites var. pseudoscolopax Moggridge. It is argued that this constitutes a misinterpretation of Moggridge's diagnosis and that it is Ophrys insectifera subsp. arachnites sub-var. linearis of Moggridge which corresponds to this taxon, as universally considered by orchidologists that have discussed its presence in the region, while Ophrys insectifera subsp. arachnites var. pseudoscolopax refers to its hybrid with Ophrys scolopax. Consequently, Ophrys insectifera subsp. arachnites sub-var. linearis is newly combined into Ophrys linearis as a name for the taxon of the O. fuciflora vicinity. O. ×pseudoscolopax (Moggridge 1869) Paulus & Gack 1999 is correctly applied to the hybrid.

Key-Words: Flora of France. Orchidaceae, genus Ophrys, Ophrys fuciflora complex, Ophrys pseudoscolopax, Ophrys linearis comb. et stat. nov.