A small, tuberous perennial herb found growing in rabbit grazed grassland in Ulex europaeus and Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub on S.-facing coastal cliffs. Lowland.
or alien. Several Serapias species have been recorded for Britain, and this is perhaps the most convincingly native. It was first discovered in 1989, and the single known population flowered intermittently until 1998. It may have arisen from wind blown seed and is regarded as native by Madge (1994) and Rich (1997c), but Stace (1997) and Lang (in Rich & Jermy, 1998) are more cautious and regard it as alien. The original population has been augmented by plants raised from seed collected at the site.
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