Monday, 30 November 2015

Crocus Veneris [var. Cyprium] (Cyprus or Autumn Crocus)

Endemic to Cyprus

Perennial herb with a corm, in flower 4-8 cm high. Flowers 1-2, fragrant; six white segments, often with a violet stripe or feathering on the outside of the outer three. Leaves 3-4, equalling the flower in height, but occasionally with only the tips showing; up to 1 mm wide, bright dark green, with a narrow silvery median stripe on the upper surface.
Habitat:
Stony and grassy places in maquis or open conifer woods; 300-2,500 ft alt. Flowers November to January.
Distribution:
In northern Cyprus frequent, on northern slopes of Kyrenia range, from Kornos peak to eastern end of range. Not occuring on the mainland.

Photo Platani 5/12/2013 by George Konstantinou

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