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Crocus hermoneus

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Kotschy ex Maw. Corm tunic parallel fibre with some reticulation at the apex. Leaves three to seven, grey-green with a conspicuous pale stripe. Flowers about 7cm tall, lilac or white with darker veining at the base of the segments, the orange style divided into six or more branches, autumn. Lebanon, Syria (Mt. Hermon), Israel, western Jordan, rocky places or scrub, 700-2800m. The species is almost unknown in cultivation and is apparently not garden-worthy. Two subspecies have been described (hermoneus and palaestinus) differing in geographic distribution and flowering time.

Crocus Pages: Crocus hermoneus palaestinus