September 2017

Crocus cancellatus Herb. subsp. mazziaricus (Herb.) B. Mathew



Crocus cancellatus subsp. mazziaricus is a geophyte with distribution almost in all Greece, except Crete and the islands of Northeast Aegean, the Balkans and northwest Turkey. It is the first Crocus species that flowers in autumn, with a flowering season from September to November. This species can be found from sea level up to 1500 meters in phrygana, forest edges and rocky locations.

In mythology Crocus was a young man. The god Hermes killed him during a game of discus by mistake and he turned his dead body into the flower he is today. In Iliad, Homer describes the colour of the rising sun by comparing him with the colour of Crocus.

S. Oikonomidis