Sand Crocus, Dawlish Warren, Devon
Size of flower compared with a 50p coin
Close-up of flower
Spindly spathe, greenish outside of petals
Thin, wiry, curved leaves
March to May
It is rare in the UK and is found only at Dawlish Warren Nature
Reserve n Devon
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows on short, open turf on sandy ground near the sea.
Sand Crocus is a native, cormous perennial herb, growing
up to 10cm, although those shown here were only 3cm tall.
The flowers are small at up to 12mm across.
The 6 pointed petals are pale purple with purple veins and
a yellow base.
The petals are greenish on the outside and the spathe
(corolla tube) is thin and spindly.
The mature anthers are bright yellow.
There are 3 thin, wiry and curved leaves, which are up to
Reproduction is mostly by seed
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