Crocus hadriaticus ( pictures from habitat)

Jim McKenney
Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:41:02 PDT
Thanks, Mark, for pointing us in the right direction with
Antigoni’s crocuses. 
I looked at the pictures but paid no attention to the
locality – and in this case, locality made all the difference. Crocus
pulchellus grows north of C. boryi; are they anywhere sympatric? They must come
very close in northwestern Greece. But I can’t help wondering if one were out
hunting crocuses somewhere between  the
northern limits of the distribution of C. boryi and the southern limits of the
distribution of C. pulchellus, and all one saw was what we saw in the
photographs (i.e. no corm details), just how would one distinguish Crocus
pulchellus and C. boryi? 
Those of you who know only the typically marketed form of C.
pulchellus and C. boryi might think that is a stupid question. But I’ve grown a
form of Crocus pulchellus (received as C. pulchellus ‘Albus’) which is very
similar indeed to the crocuses shown in Antigoni’s photos. 
So I’m wondering, if I’m on a garden tour and I see one of
these crocuses without a label, just how do I distinguish them without digging
a corm?
Antigoni, I enjoyed seeing that very nice (and big!)
tortoise among your slides. Is it a wild tortoise or one you are keeping in the
garden?Jim McKenney
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