Sunday, 23 January 2011

Galantus nivalis L.


Name: Galantus nivalis L.
Croatian name: Visibaba
English name: Common Snowdrop
Family: Amarillydaceae

This is a well known spring herald, flowering at the end of winter. Native to Europe, snowdrop is widely naturalised elsewhere. Today, there are numerous cultivars developed for horticultural use.
It is a perennial plant, growing from a bulb. The vegetation period of the plant above the ground is short; it survives under ground as bulb waiting the new season.
Each bulb usually produces two linear leaves and a scape (flowering stalk). The scape has one bract-like spathe and bears a single flower. The flower is pendulous, bell-shaped. It consists of six tepals, the outer tree being plane white and long, and the inner short with green marks.
There are six anders and tree-celled ovary. Fruit: tree celled capsule. The seeds have small 'tail' called elaiosome containing substance attractive to ants. Clearly, ants distribute the seeds.
Protected species in Croatia.


Curiosity: Recently I found this unusual snowdrop with eight tepals (4+4)!





6 comments:

  1. Very nice to see the snowdrops popping everywhere in the world. I am definitely getting some for next year.

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  2. Lovely to "see" you and, yes, the froggies are very cute. We have much rain at the moment and, despite their diminutive size, they make a helluva row out there in the trees.

    Will pop back when I have more time and update myself with your blog.

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  3. I love snowdrops, seeing them for the first time in another blog, wish could grow them here in the Tropics!

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