Serapias aphroditae P. Delforge, 1990
Syn. : Serapias bergonii subsp./var. aphroditae
Common names: Aphrodite's Serapias [En], Serapias d’Aphrodite [Fr], Aphrodite-Zungenständel [De]
Pegeia (Πέγεια), PAPHOS (Πάφος, Baf) ● Cyprus
Description: This taxon is a relatively recent addition to the genus Serapias. Some authorities still consider it as a subspecies of S. bergonii.
There are several characteristics which distinguish it from S. bergonii. S. aphroditae is smaller in all its parts, its overall height (up to 25cm), the size of the epichile, the length of the hood and the length of the leaves. The bract is generally either the same length as the hood or marginally longer whereas in S. bergonii it is always longer.
Its range brings it into contact with S. parviflora, particularly in coastal area's but there is little likelyhood of confusion as this species although often taller is much more delicate with a still smaller and less hairy epichile.
Distribution: S. aphroditae is endemic to Cyprus.
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