Fritillaria lusitanica

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

Fritillaria lusitanica

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 plants shown on this page were photographed in woodland in the Algarve region of Portugal between late February and early May.

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