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Crocus

for Inga, where a picture speaks 1000 words

 

Their cup-shaped, solitary, salverform flowers taper off into a narrow tube. Their color varies enormously, although lilac, mauve, yellow and white are predominant. The grass-like, ensiform leaf shows generally a white central stripe along the leaf axis. The leaf margin is entire. Crocuses typically have three stamens. The spice saffron is obtained from the stigmas of Crocus sativus, an autumn/fall-blooming species. Everything else you about crocus and the meaning of crocus

 

these were seen on the Sentiero dei tre Calli

  

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Taken on March 2, 2012