Gagea peduncularis - Yellow Star of Bethlehem

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Liliales - Family: Liliaceae

Gagea peduncularis

Identification

With two long filamentous basal leaves and tiny lanceaolate or spathulate stem leaves, this lily is distinguished by its green-lined yellow petals backed by shorter narrowly oblong sepals. Individual flowers are typicall 3cm across and each stem bears on, two or three flowers.

Distribution

This member of the Lily family can be found in former Yugoslavia, Greece, Crete and Turkey.

Habitat

Dry, stony places and grassland are its main habitats and it can occur quite high up in mountains.

Blooming times

The flowers appear from January through to the end of April.

Etymology

The genus Gagea is named in honour of English naturalist Sir Thomas Gage (1781 - 1820).

The plant shown on this page was photographed in Crete in early April.


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