December 2017

Colchicum atticum Spruner 

Colch atticum Poulis
Colch atticum Poulis2

 

Colchicum atticum Spruner like a festive jewel, comes to brighten up the winter landscape, flowering from November up until February. A minute geophyte with white-purplish flowers, that protrudes just a few centimeters above ground, among the leaves that appear simultaneously with the anthesis. Although difficult to observe, it is quite low-demanding, appearing in open rocky places among phrygana, in sparse pine forests, as well as in olive groves. The residents of Athens can find it on Lycabettus hill, near the city centre. Its name derives from its first discovery in the region of Attica in mid-19th century. Since then, it has been found in Corinthia, Evvia, Lesvos, Samos, Kalymnos, Thasos, as well as in the Nestos area. Outside Greece, it spreads in S. Bulgaria and Turkey.

 

G. Poulis