Serapias parviflora Parlatore 1837 SECTION Bilamellaria SUBSECTION Stenopetalae Photo courtesy of M.Verhart and the Orchids of France and Europe

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S parviflora Group

Common Name The Small Flowered Serapias

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

Found in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Portugal, Spain, France, the Balaeric Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Italy, The Eastern Aegean, Yugoslavia, Albania Cyprus and Greeece as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with slender, stems carrying 4 to 7, near erect, linear-lanceolate, channeled-keeled, acute leaves with the uppermost being much smaller and nearly clasping that blooms on an erect, terminal, 10" [20 cm] long, laxly few to several [3 to 12] flowered inflorescence, that has large bracts that almost cover the flowers which occur in the spring.

Synonyms Serapias columnae Aurnier in H.G.L.Reichenbach 1851; Serapias elongata Todaro 1886-8; Serapias laxiflora Rchb. f. 1851; Serapias lingua var. parviflora (Parl.) Kraenzl. 1897; Serapias mascaensis H.Kretzschmar 1993; Serapias occultata Gay ex Cavalier 1836; Serapias occultata f. albiflora E.G.Camus 1928; Serapias occultata f. knochei E.G.Camus 1928; Serapias parviflora f. albiflora (E.G.Camus) So 1931; Serapias parviflora f. knochei (E.G.Camus) So 1931; Serapias parviflora f. lutescens Renz 1930; Serapias parviflora f. sulphurea Lanza ex G.Keller 1931; Serapias parviflora subsp. mascaensis (H.Kretzschmar, G.Kretzschmar & Kreutz) Kreutz 2004; Serapias parviflora subsp. occultata (J.Gay) Maire & Weiller 1959

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 1984 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005

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