Fritillaria imperialis and F. eduardii habitats
Wed, 07 May 2008 08:33:37 PDT
Hi all,

Even if it is threatened at some localities, Fritillaria imperialis has a large distribution in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Having a quick look to the literature I found the following data:

- Cliffs, rocky slopes and amongst scrub, 1000 - 3000 metres in Turkey [Phillips. R. and Rix. M. Bulbs Pan Books 1989].

-?On humus rich soils, usually in gullies and shaded sides of large rocks, 1800 - 2600 metres in Kashmir [Singh. G. and Kachroo. P. Forest Flora of Srinagar. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh 1976].

- Widely spread in the Zagros mountains, in places by the thousands on stony or rocky slopes in Iran [Wendelbo P. Tulips and Irises of Iran and their relatives. Botanical Institute of Iran 1977].

To the difference Fritillaria eduardii is a rare endemic of Central Asia with discontinuous areal. In Uzbekistan (Surkhandarya and Fergana provinces), the species is reported among shrubs, under trees, infrequently on the stony, crude looses of buhr up to 2100 meters above the sea level. In Tadjikistan (Nurek reservoir area), the species has been reported to grow at approximately 2600-2700m in pistacia shrubs along slopes of a gorge.

Hope it will help,


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