Fritillaria lusitanica

Fritillaria lusitanica

Taxonomy

Phylum: Anthophyta

Class: Equisetopsida

Order: Liliales

Family: Liliaceae

This beautiful flower, a member of the family Liliaceae, occurs in grassy places but can also be found in open woodland and rocky places.

The flowers of this fritillary are brownish or reddish with a green-tinged chequered pattern on the outside of the petals. Inside the flower is green and sometimes shows a red-to-brown chequered pattern.

Fritillaria lusitanica flower close-up

This fritillary flowers from late February until May and can be found throughout much of the Iberian Peninsula except in the far north.

The inside of a Fritillaria lusitanica flower

The plant shown on this page was photographed in woodland in the Algarve region of Portugal in late February.


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