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Crocus

Crocus sp.

Description:

Small herbaceous plant, from Iris family (Iridaceae), growing from a corm or a bulbo-tuber. It produces three to four long and narrow leaves, with a whitish central line; and blue or white solitary cup-shaped flowers, some 10 to 15 cm tall.

Habitat:

This crocus is native to mountainous regions of France, Switzerland and Balkans. Here, observed earlier than I would expect, on a large grassland in one of our parks.

Notes:

I was a bit confused about this species, and ended up accepting it as C. vernus; or Spring crocus. However, this violet pattern, on both sides of petals, confused me from the start and make me think more of C. versicolor... But the problem is that the C. versicolor is an endemic plant, and grows only in southern parts of France, as far as I can find in literature. So finally this may even be some cultivated one, "escaped" from neighboring gardens???

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2 Comments

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a week ago

I needed to change the ID on this spotting, for reasons please see Notes...

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 3 weeks ago

My purple crocus just bloomed this week too! VERY BEAUTIFUL!

Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Prévessin-Moëns, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Mar 19, 2021
Submitted on Mar 19, 2021

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