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)!


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

  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.

  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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