Colchicum cupani (8)
|Colchicum cupani Gussone|
Common name: Mediterranean meadow saffron
Colchicum cupani is a widespreaded wild plant of Cretan flora flowering in autumn. The name colchicum is coming from Colchis, a region of west Georgia. The name of species is coming from Fr. Fransis Cupani (1657-1710) director of Botanican Garden of Missilmeri (near Palermo).
It can be found on rocky hills between shrubs, sunny places and rock crevices. The plant high is 8-12cm. The flowers are whitish or velvet star like shape (see in picture). It is not eaten by goats and sheeps dew to colchicin, a poisonous substance of bulbs and leaves.