Crocus sieberi Gay
(Gay in Bull. Feruss., vol. xxxv. p. 220 (1831)). Curtis's Botanical Magazine table 6036, 1873, provides the following description; "A common Greek plant, and, in fact the commonest Crocus of that country, found at an elevation between 1000 and 7000 feet, according to Professor Orphanide; also occurring in Bosnia, Crete, and Herzegovina, flowering frequently near the melting snow. It is a very early blooming species, and I received flowering specimens from Giles Mumby, Esq., Messrs. Ware of Tottenham, and the Royal Gardens, all about the middle of January and beginning of April. The very closely allied C. veluchensis of Herbert which inhabits the Morea and Transylvania, differs chiefly in wanting: the orange colour on the throat.
Klatt is no doubt in error in describing the scape as involucrate. It is not so easy to understand Herberts reason for considering Gay's Sieberi
as different from Bory's nivalis
if we suppose, what seems improbable, that these authors made use of the same terms to designate the various series of sheaths of the lower leaves and scape, which terms, as used by Herbert, are anything but intelligible. Herbert further alters Sieberi
of Gay into Sieberianus
, in accordance with his own views of specific nomenclature. Bory figures the three stigmas as of unequal length and slightly lobed, which is not the case in our specimens.
Descr. Corm the size of a hazel-nut, clothed with a stout longitudinally reticulate brown tunic (not well represented in the plate). Leaves four to seven, rather broad, produced with the flowers, shorter than the flowering scape, nerves very faint, midrib stout. Perianth without an involucre (involucrate according to Klatt) ; tube slender, pale ; throat golden yellow ; limb two to two and a half inches in diameter, segments elliptic-oblong, obtuse, pale or dark violet-blue, or white with pale violet-blue streaks. Filaments shorter than the linear golden anthers. Stigmas deep orange yellow, quite entire, exceeding the stamens. Capsule naked, purple towards the top. Seeds small, subangled, glabrous, pale brown." Herbert. — J. D. H.
C. nivalis, Borj, et Chaub. Voyage de la Moree (1832); Serb** inBrt. Beg. 1847% 4, f. 1, et Hist. Sp. Crocus in Journ Sort. Soc, vol. n. p. 274 (1847); Klatt in Linncea, vol. xxxiv. p. 682. C. sublimis, Herbert in Bot. Reg. 1845, Miscell, p. 73. C. vermis, Sibth. $ Sm. Prodr. Flor. Grate, vol. L p. 24 excl. synon.
Crocus sieberi Gay
- subspecies sieberi
- var. heterochromus Hal.
- var. versicolor Boiss. & Heidr.
- subspecies sublimis (Herbert) B. Mathew
'Bowles White', 'Firefly', 'Hubert Edelsten', 'Tricolor', Violet Queen'
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