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Galanthus woronowii (Woronow's snowdrop)

A snowdrop with wide, green, shiny leaves, Galanthus woronowii is currently the subject of research into sustainable harvesting of bulbous plants.
Flowering head of Woronow's snowdrop

The delicate white flower of Galanthus woronowii

Species information

Scientific name: 

Galanthus woronowii Losinsk.

Common name: 

Woronow's snowdrop

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated by IUCN.

Habitat: 

Deciduous, mixed deciduous, coniferous and mixed deciduous-coniferous forest; in leaf litter humus-rich soils, or in stony and rocky places.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental. Medicinal (galanthamine).

Known hazards: 

Cases of poisoning have occurred when snowdrop bulbs have been mistaken for onions and eaten.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Amaryllidaceae
Genus: Galanthus

About this species

A snowdrop native to Turkey, Russia and Georgia, Galanthus woronowii was named in honour of the Russian botanist and plant collector Georg Woronow (1874–1931). It is popular in cultivation in Europe, and valued for its wide, green, shiny leaves, which provide good ground-cover and contrast with the leaves of the commonly grown snowdrop G. nivalis. Snowdrops (Galanthus spp.) contain an alkaloid, galanthamine, that has been approved for use in the management of Alzheimer’s disease in a number of countries.

Genus: 
Galanthus

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