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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 and the photographer, HJ Achilles.

Dzienkuje and

muchas gracias.

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  1. 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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