Crocus questions, recalcitrant seed

Robert Nold via pbs
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:57:40 PDT
>At the moment I am enjoying the fall flowering Oxalis, Nerines, Cyclamen, and Crocus. The >first photo is of a Crocus from NARGS seed that was named Crocus fleischeri. That is a >spring flowering Crocus so I don't think it is it. It looks a lot like Crocus niveus which is in >flower at the moment. Can some of you who grow Crocus confirm this?

The style appears to be trifid, so, yes, C. niveus. Mine are in flower now, too. (Or they were; under snow now.) 

>So flowering today is either Crocus atticus ssp. sublimis, Crocus sieberi ssp. sublimis, or >Crocus nivalis (the second photo). Can anyone help me figure out how to explain this on >the wiki?

I believe this is what is called a "rabbit hole". 
According to the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, the name Crocus atticus (Boiss. & Orph.) Orph. is accepted. 
But, according to the WCSP, the name Crocus atticus subsp. sublimis (Herb.) Rukšans is a synonym of Crocus nivalis Bory & Chaub. (As is, naturally, the name Crocus atticus subsp. nivalis (Bory & Chaub.) Rukšans.)
On my other laptop I have saved a dozen or so issues of the journal Stapfia, with descriptions of innumerable new species of crocus, so who knows how this will all sort out in the end. 
I grow a lot of crocus species here, and I find all of this pretty funny, but I know that some "croconuts" do not. 

Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado, USA

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