April 2016

Crocus orphei Karamplianis & Constantin.

 

 

Local endemic geophyte. Cr. orphei prefers the clearings in Quercus, Fagus and Pinus forest and the margins of melting snow patches in subalpine grasslands. It is known only from the type collection (three subpopulations on Mt. Falakro), at an elevation range of 600 to 1500 m a.s.l. The plants flower from mid-February to mid-May, depending on the weather severity (mainly during the melting snow period) and the elevation. The taxon may face moderate threats due to its limited area of occurrence and the fragmented nature of its subpopulations, but also from over-collection for horticultural purposes.

Th. Karamplianis