Serapias lingua

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Serapias lingua
Serapias lingua.jpg
Flower of Serapias lingua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Serapias
Species: S. lingua
Binomial name
Serapias lingua

Serapias lingua, commonly known as tongue-orchid[3] or the tongue Serapias, is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean.[4]

Habitat and distribution[edit]

Serapias lingua can be found in damp meadows and open fields of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece and all the Mediterranean islands west of Crete and in western North Africa.[citation needed]


Serapias lingua flowers in spring to early summer with 2.5 cm flowers and then they go dormant in mid and late summer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Serapias lingua was originally described and published in Species Plantarum 949. 1753. "Name - Serapias lingua". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "TPL, treatment of Serapias lingua". The Plant List; Version 1. (published on the internet). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Missouri Botanical Garden. 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Serapias". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved March 7, 2013.