Crocus sativus

For some reason, I have always associated the Crocus sativus as a Springtime flower. Well, I have to relearn my lessons because the crocuses I spotted a few days ago seem to belong to an autumnal variety. I suppose the crocus flower is a delight whatever the time of year.

Here in Mallorca, a different crocus species is known as a native one, the Crocus cambessedesii (shown below). It is said that this endemic crocus prefers to live in the cracks between rocks in coastal and mountain areas, but I have yet to spot one myself.

The photo (top) was taken near Ses Salines, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: October 4th, 2010. The time was 18:25:36. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of pl.treknature.com and the photographer, HJ Achilles.

Dzienkuje and

muchas gracias.

Crocus sativus

One thought on “Crocus sativus

  1. Joan Salvadó says:

    Hi there,
    If I’m not mistaken, and I think I am not, the gorgeous yellow one isn’t a crocus, but a “Sternbergia lutea”, a separate genre more closely related to a daffodil than to a crocus. I believe the common name in English is “Autumn daffodil”.
    Thank you for letting me participate in this blog that I follow with a keen interest. I really liked the recent post on the “camins de bestiar” in old Majorcan houses. It was outstanding.

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