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Crocus baytopiorum

The stunning pale blue flowers of the Turkish Crocus baytopiorum make it one of the most distinctive Crocus species.
 Crocus baytopiorum flower

Crocus baytopiorum

Species information

Scientific name: 

Crocus baytopiorum B.Mathew

Conservation status: 

Not Evaluated (NE) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Limestone screes and in rocky gullies, in sparse pine (Pinus) and juniper (Juniperus) woodland.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known. Although some species of Crocus can be eaten, others can cause digestive upset if eaten.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Iridaceae
Genus: Crocus

About this species

Turkey is home to a remarkable number of Crocus species and new ones are still being discovered.

Crocus baytopiorum was discovered in 1973 and was described by the Kew botanist and former editor of Asuman Baytop first collected C. baytopiorum on the Turkish mountain of Honaz Dağ. It was initially thought to be restricted to this locality, but other sites in south-west Turkey have since been found.

Genus: 
Crocus

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