Thursday, January 5, 2012

Turk's cap lily (Lilium martagon)

Lilium martagon (Liliaceae family) or commonly known as Turk's cap lily, martagon (λείριο το μάρταγο ή κρίνος) derived it's name from the Turkish word "martagon" which means turban or cap. It's colour is pink-purple but it can vary between white and nearly black. One of its main characteristics are the dots on the petals and that every plant has many flowers.
It's bulb is edible when cooked and can be used in a similar way with potatoes as it is reach in starch. 
It has a breath taking beauty when seen in the wild as it can be up to one meter high. I found this one near Astraka in Pindos mountain range.


Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Beautiful wild flower and captures.
Happy New Year.

Joop Zand said...

Lovely flower....and a nice color

Greetings, Joop

Mingingi des prairies said...

Beautiful pictures and the text is very interesting !

Giga said...

One na łące wyglądają niesamowicie, pięknie. Pozdrawiam.
They look amazing on the meadow, beautifully. Yours.

marijke said...

It must be beautiful to see this gorgeous lily in here natural habitat.
Have a lovely weekend

DANI said...

Απλά υπέροχο !!!

tselos photos -Nature of Roumeli said...

Καταπληκτικές φωτογραφίες ενός μοναδικού και - εν πολλοίς - άγνωστου φυτού .

Ο Γιώργος Σφήκας το ονομάζει " λείριο το Άρειο" .
Mars - martis είναι στα λατινικά ο θεός Άρης και η ερμηνεία μου φαίνεται απόλυτα ρεαλιστική .
Η εκδοχή της τούρκικης λέξης νομίζω ότι χρειάζεται περισσότερο ψάξιμο.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful flower!
Greetings Mette

Greece's Flora said...

thank you all of your kind words and usefull remarks!!!

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