Serapias vomeracea, Serapias levantina, Snake Tongue Orchid,
Long-lipped Serapias, Ploughshare orchid,
Hebrew: שפתן מצוי, Arabic: سربياس كالمحراث

Scientific name:  Serapias vomeracea (Burm.f.) Briq.
Synonym name:  Serapias levantina H.Baumann & Kuenkele
Common name:  Snake Tongue Orchid, Long-lipped Serapias, Ploughshare orchid
Hebrew name:  שפתן מצוי
Arabic name:  سربياس كالمحراث
Family:  Orchidaceae, סחלביים

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Location: Bene Zion Nature Reserve

Life form:  Geophyte
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, entire
Flowers:  Auburn
Flowering Period:   March, April
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Serapias vomeracea,Serapias levantina, Snake Tongue Orchid, Long-lipped Serapias,Ploughshare orchid, שפתן מצוי


Derivation of the botanical name:
Serapias, Latin Serapis, Greek Σάραπις, Sarapis; named after the deity Serapis, an ancient Egyptian god of the lower world.
vomeracea, like a ploughshare.
levantina, of or pertaining to the Levant (countries on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea).
  • The standard author abbreviation Burm.f. is used to indicate Nicolaas Laurens Burman (1734 – 1793), a Dutch botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Briq. is used to indicate John Isaac Briquet (1870 – 1931), a Swiss plant collector.
  • The standard author abbreviation H.Baumann is used to indicate Hellmut Baumann (born 1957), a German botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Kuenkele is used to indicate Siegfried Kuenkele, a SGerman botanist.

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