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Common sternbergia

Observed: 23rd October 2011 By: spotted catspotted cat’s reputation in Plantsspotted cat’s reputation in Plantsspotted cat’s reputation in Plants
Common sternbergia

I couldn't get a close look at these flowers as they were on an inaccessible slope, but as far as I could see they were crocus-like, but big: I'd guess the petals were at least 5cm long. They were growing in close-packed clumps.
The location was the village of Erfi (Erfoi), near Rethymno, Crete

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Flowers of Crete by Turland and Fielding (2005) suggests that the common species of autumn-flowering Sternbergia is S.sicula (S.lutea ssp. sicula). S.lutea proper they give as being doubtfully native on Crete, and generally found near villages in Western Crete.

sicula is a rather smaller plant often with narrower tepals...but, in view of the distant shot, this might be better left at genus level.


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