Serapias orientalis

Serapias orientalis

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchideae
SubTribe: Orchidinae
Genus: Serapias
Species: Serapias orientalis
Binomial name
Serapias orientalis
(Greuter) H. Baumann & Künkele 1968

Serapias orientalis is a terrestrial orchid that is found in Europe.


Plant is found growing in the damp meadows of Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan at elevations of 0 to 1000 meters


Plants blooms from in the spring with three to eight 4 cm wide flowers.


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.


Serapias orientalis alba Serapias orientalis var alba Sepals and petals are light green, lip is yellow with a red center
Serapias orientalis subsp. levantina Serapias orientalis subsp. levantina(H.Baumann & Künkele) Kreutz 2004 Sepals and petals white, lip is dark red.
Serapias orientalis subsp. siciliensis Serapias orientalis subsp. siciliensis (Bartolo & Pulv.) P.Delforge 2000 Sepals, and petals are pink, lip is red.


Common Name: The Eastern Serapias


  1. Serapias cordigera subsp. orientalis (Greuter) H.Sund. 1980
  2. Serapias cycladum H.Baumann & Künkele 1989
  3. Serapias feldwegiana H.Baumann & Künkele 1989
  4. Serapias ionica (E.Nelson) H.Baumann & Künkele 1988
  5. Serapias neglecta var. ionica E.Nelson 1968
  6. Serapias orientalis var. cordigeroides E.Nelson 1968
  7. *Serapias vomeracea subsp. orientalis Greuter 1972
  8. Serapias patmia M.Hirth & H.Spaeth 1994

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