Crocus sativus and its allies (Iridaceae)

@article{Mathew2004CrocusSA,
  title={Crocus sativus and its allies (Iridaceae)},
  author={Brian Mathew},
  journal={Plant Systematics and Evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={128},
  pages={89-103}
}
Crocus sativus is an autumn-flowering species, unknown as a wild plant but long-cultivated for its scarlet style branches which yield Saffron, the dye and flavouring agent. There are several naturally-occurring related species from southern Europe and south western Asia which form a natural group within the genus.C. niveus from Greece is similar to these morphologically and is included here but is less closely related. The characters of the group are defined, a key to the taxa is provided and… CONTINUE READING

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