Not established spice crop (saffron), cultivated in the Kozani area (village of Krokos!), but scarcely found outside fields. Evolutionary origin, parental species and allo- or autotriploidy of Crocus sativus has been a matter of discussion for almost a century. As recently demonstrated by Schmidt & al. (2019), C. sativus is an autotriploid hybrid derived from heterogeneous cytotypes of the Greek endemic C. cartwrightianus, hence a sterile triploid taxon propagated only as a clonal lineage by corms. It is the source of the most expensive spice of the world, produced from manually harvested stigmas, thus serving as a cash crop for rural communities.