Serapias lingua plate
Serapias lingua plate from
Flore Illustree de Nice et des Alpes-Maritimes, Iconographie des Orchidees

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchideae
SubTribe: Orchidinae
Alliance: Orchis
Genus: Serapias
L. 1753
Type Species
Serapias lingua

Serapias is a genus of twelve terrestrial orchids.


Serapias are found all over southern Europe to Asia Minor.


Serapias have spurless flowers and usually go dormant during the winter seasons.


Grow in partial sun. Plant grows in cool to cold temperatures and should be water regularly during growing season and reduced during flowering. With hold watering during dormancy period (in winter and summer) and mist occasionally. Pot with 70% fine to medium grade perlite or clay and 30% soil, peat, or bark. Plant can tolerate frost.


The genus was named after Serapis, a syncretic Hellenistic-Egyptian god in Antiquity.


  1. Helleborine Mill 1754
  2. Isias De Not., Mem. Reale Accad. Sci. Torino, II, 6: 413 (1844).
  3. Lonchitis Bubani, Fl. Pyren. 4: 50 (1901).
  4. Serapiastrum A.A.Eaton, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 21: 67 (1908).

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Natural HybridsEdit

External LinksEdit

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