|John and Gerry's Orchids of Britain and Europe|
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Serapias strictiflora v distenta
|This variety of S. strictiflora
was first described by Helmut Presser in 2004 and its name
literally means straddled or spread, this being a reference to
the way in which the lateral sepals have become elongated
and projected themselves forward.|
This curious variation can occur in any part of the range of the type species which is predominently the
Algarve of southern Portugal, Andalucia in southern Spain and some regions of north Africa.
This genetic abnormality is highly uncommon and the phenomenon has not been noted with any regularity in
any of the other Serapias species.
The example illustrated here comes from the Alenquir district of central Portugal and dates from the 19th of April