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Serapias olbia

Sérapias de Hyères

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Plant family

Area

Les Maures

Flower colour

red

Flower size

lip 23-31 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Linear,

Lanceolate

Height

to 30 cm

Description

An orchid endemic to the Var and Alpes Maritimes, on the coast and hinterland. The name ‘olbia’ refers to the ancient Greek colony of Olbia, today the area around Hyeres.

It grows on damp, acidic, siliceous or sandy soil. It is thought to be a cross between Serapias lingua and Serapias cordigera. If Serapias orchids grow in close proximity to each other they have a tendency to hybridise.

A tuberous perennial.

Flowers

Flowers have grey, lined hoods and a brick-red, densely hairy, pointed lip, bent backwards. There can be up to 5 flowers on a spike but more often less, spaced opposite, at the top.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Linear to long, pointed, usually withered before flowering.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: with numerous seeds.

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