Serapias orientalis   Eastern Tongue Orchid

Serapias orientalis

There were quite a few of these plants to be seen particularly on the Orchid walk we went on towards the end of the holiday.  It was during this walk around some beautiful countryside with so many wild flowers that I learned that the best orchid month is March!  March is the end of the Winter if you're lucky in the UK but in the Southern Mediterranean they are counting orchids.

According to Stace, Serapias parviflora has been recorded in East Cornwall in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and one plant of Serapias lingua in Guernsey but he seems to think they may have been planted.

Taxonomy: This plant was identified to us as Serapias vomeracea ssp orientalis Greuter but now the major databases and and orchid experts regard this as a synonym and the correct, accepted name as Serapias orientalis (Greuter) H.Baumann & K√ľnkele

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Serapias orientalis Eastern Tongue Orchid

Somewhere in Northern Cyprus, 6th April 2004

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Serapias orientalis

Somewhere in Northern Cyprus, 6th April 2004

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