Corm tunic reticulate. Leaves four to seven, grey green, 1.5-2mm wide. Flowers 7-9cm tall, white with varying degrees of speckling on the outside and a white throat, the style white and divided into three branches, spring. Iran, U.S.S.R. on open stony hills at 1200-2300m. This eastern species is rare in cultivation though it is a handsome and much sought-after plant. When first introduced into cultivation it grew quite vigorously in bulb frames but appeared gradually to become less robust and disappeared from many collections. Any newly acquired plants clearly need care until its requirements are better understood.
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