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Together with my brother we bought this Crocus at te same time and place. It is labelled as Crocus oreocreticus...They have both flowered but as you can see there is a difference between the two.Now we had a discussion on our Flemish forum ...Which one is true or wrong? Could anyone help us please?Edit by maggi: the last photo is full size and will not enlarge when clicked.
Thanks Gerry and Janis . Photo 3 looks in some way (some features) on the photos posted by janis. Still missing following aspects:"Style divides at or just above the throat of the flower into three red branches." You can find this aspect (wich I found in a description of this oreocreticus )in pics 1 & 2 .Or do we forgot this aspect with the three red branches?
Kris - according to Mathew the style branches are sometimes - rarely - yellow as in your plant. I had one with this colour several years ago. The colour on the outside of the flower is significant & clearly visible in Janis' pics.
Graeme, your cancellatus should be subsp. mazziaricus to me!
Janis, still I am not sure about this subsp. cancellatus. I have visited botanic garden of İstanbul University and NGBB botanical garden (special garden for turkish native bulbs) Director of this garden is an old prof. from üniversty. I checked specialy this subsp. There was not bracteole visible at all, outer petals have not dark stain like this and throat were looking yellowish. I have some other pics from other forum taken in wild, they also have not bracteole! and throath looks yellowish. Here are my samples for two subspecies. (my mazziaricus is not so dark because it is not selected at all) If we could know original where it came so we can judge more?