Flower of the month | December| Crocus cartwrightianus

The spectacular Crocus cartwrightianus is the wild ancestor of the saffron crocus and flowers in November and December. So far it has only been found to grow on the peninsulas  of Akrotiri and Gramvousa and at Falasarna.

Crocus cartwrightianus

Crocus cartwrightianus

It is said to grow near sea level but I recently found quite a few of them on Gramvousa growing at up to 560m (the flower in the photo above was taken at an altitude of 500m) so there is still plenty of scope for discovering new habitats for this beautiful flower.

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