Crocus questions, recalcitrant seed

Robert Nold via pbs
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:40:41 PDT
>The name Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis is still the accepted one. 

According to the WCSP, that's a synonym of Crocus nivalis.…

>Various new and changed names that appear in the Ruksans book are not widely accepted. The "innumerable new species" mentioned by Bob Nold are mostly coming from the Turkish botanical community and are, I think, descriptions of slightly varied populations of well-known species such as Crocus biflorus. 

In these instances, there are several papers by Kerndorff, Pasche, Harpke & Blattner with the general title "Crocus biflorus in Anatolia", but then there is  Stapfia 99 (2013):145-158, "Fourteen new species of Crocus (Lilliflorae, Iridcaceae) from West, South-West, and South-Central Turkey." 
All seem to be very narrow endemics (the phrase "known only from the type locality" is frequent); Crocus biflorus is not mentioned in that paper. 

Still more species can be found here:

My take on this, before my eyes began to glaze over, is that some newly-described species have been segregated out of the C. biflous complex, while others are simply new species. 

>The most spectacular Crocus flowering here at the moment is Crocus tournefortii, which has proved hardier than generally supposed in a raised bed, open to the weather. It's the unusual one that stays open in dim weather and at night.

Tournefortii is hardy here, too, but, like all the autumn-flowering crocuses, rabbits will mow down the leaves at the first opportunity. 

Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado

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