Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Snow crocus (Crocus chrysanthus)




This beautiful bright yellow crocus is the snow crocus (κρόκος) and as its name implies is often seen  to come out from snow. It's scientific name Crocus chrysanthus (Iridaceae family) refers to the colour it has, as it is derived from the greek word chrysos meaning gold. One of its main feautures that distinguishes from other crocuses is the fact that the stigma is divided in three parts as it can be seen in the first picture. It is native to the Balκans and Turkey. I took those pictures near Vradeto in Epirus.

5 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Lovely colors..... soon it will be springtime.

greetings, Joop

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful flower, love the last!
Hope we'll have spring soon.
Have a great day :O)
Mette

DANI said...

Αυτό το κίτρινο είναι όνειρο ! Δεν ήξερα ότι το λένε κρόκο του χιονιού ...

tselos photos -Nature of Roumeli said...

Φετινοί είναι ;

Ενώ ανθίζουν από τις αρχές Ιανουαρίου, φέτος εδώ πάνω με τα κρύα που είχαμε δεν ξεμύτισε κανείς !

Greece's Flora said...

όχι περσινοί... ναι μας τα έχει χαλάσει ο καιρός φέτος... αλλά τέτοια εποχή τους είχα βρει...