Colchicums in the wild

Jane McGary
Tue, 28 Nov 2006 13:40:47 PST
I have added a few photos to the wiki of colchicums seen in the wild. The 
most interesting no doubt is Colchicum sanguicolle:

I had never heard of this species, but it is an attractive one of the 
small-to-medium size range. The name means "blood-red neck," so this must 
be the redneck colchicum. The name refers to the prophyll (sheathing leaf), 
which sticks up a little above the soil around the floral tube and is 
indeed a striking, shiny deep red. I saw it in three sites in southwestern 

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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