CAUCASIAN SNOWDROP

Galanthus caucasicus

(Galanthus alpinus)
Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]  
Formerly in: Lily Family [Liliaceae]

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status
statusZalien
 
flower
flower8white
 
inner
inner8green
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ6 petalsZ3 petalsZ3+3
3+3
stem
stem8round
 
toxicity
toxicityZlowish
 

Winter. Republic of Georgia. Photo: © David Kikodze
Leaves quite wide but unlike those of Green Snowdrop are greyish-green or glaucous. Flowers white drooping earthwards.


Winter. Republic of Georgia. Photo: © David Kikodze
Three narrow outer petals (really tepals) splay outwards whilst three much shorter inner tepals huddle together in the middle. The inner tepals have a notch in the centre with a light-green chevron straddling the notch. There are longer light-green stripes on the inner surface of the inner tepals.


Winter. Republic of Georgia. Photo: © David Kikodze
Leaves quite wide but unlike those of Green Snowdrop are greyish-green or glaucous.


Easily confused with : other Snowdrops.

Both the The common name Caucasian Snowdrop and the scientific name Galanthus caucasicus are ambiguous, as the name applies to two Snowdrops, one Alpine Snowdrop (Galanthus alpinus) which is found in the Caucasus and Transcaucasus, the other Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus. The latter is more likely to be found in the UK for it is more readily available from growers and garden centres.

The plant depicted here is that of Galanthus alpinus.


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Distribution
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 BSBI maps
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Galanthus
(Snowdrops)

CAUCASIAN SNOWDROP

Galanthus caucasicus

(Galanthus alpinus)
Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]  
Formerly in: Lily Family [Liliaceae]

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