Common Name:- None
Synonyms:- Colchicum candidum.
Meaning:- Colchicum (Gr) After Colchis, a Black sea port. A Name used by the
Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides.
Balansae (L) For Benjamin Balansa (1825-92) French plant collector.
General description:- Bulbous plants with pink or white flowers, with or without
darker-coloured dots on the perianth segments.
2) Outer tunics blackish-brown produced into a very long, persistent, fibrous neck
up to 25 cm.
1) Large (up to 24 x 7 cm). Developing after the flowers. erecto-patent.
3) Anthers, 10-17 x c. 1 mm. yellow.
1) Anthers 10-17 mm.
2) Leaves 4-5, elliptic to linear-oblong, usually 4-6 cm wide.
Habitat:- Rocky hlllslopes with dry open shrubby vegetation and open pinewoods,
Distribution:- Described from the Cilician Taurus and restricted to SW & S Anatolia
and the East Aegean Islands. Previously unrecored from Crete. Discovered by
Marinos Gogolos, Manolis Afrathianakis and Antonis Alibertis Sept 2022.
Flowering time:- Aug to early Oct
Photos by:- Marinos Gogolos