Sternbergia colchiciflora Waldst. & Kit.

Sternbergia colchiciflora Waldst. & Kit.


    • =Amaryllis citrina (Herb.) Sm.

    Taxon info

    Sternbergia colchiciflora has rather inconspicuous, yellow flowers appearing in the autumn, with capsules ripening in the spring. It is widespread but scattered in limestone mountains of the Greek mainland; the general distribution comprises much of S Europe and SW Asia. The seeds have a large, fleshy, whitish aril. This species was discovered by Sibthorp and Bauer on an autumn excursion to Mt Erimanthos (Olonos), then believed to be “the highest mountain of the Morea [Peloponnisos]”. It was subsequently described as Amaryllis citrina, but that name is antedated by Waldstein and Kitaibel’s Sternbergia colchiciflora (described from Hungary).A
    A. Dimopoulos, P., Raus, Th., Bergmeier, E., Constantinidis, Th., Iatrou, G., Kokkini, S., Strid, A. & Tzanoudakis, D. 2013: Vascular plants of Greece: An annotated checklist. 31: p. 318 [Plate 1.8]


    GR(NPi SPi Pe StE NC NE EAe

    Greece (East Aegean islands present; North Central Greece present; North Pindos present; North-East Greece present; Peloponnisos present; South Pindos present; Sterea Ellas present)


    Native / Non Range-Restricted


    Mediterranean-SW Asian


    Geophyte (Cryptophyte)


    Temperate and submediterranean Grasslands, High mountain vegetation

    IUCN category

    Not Evaluated

    Presidential Decree 67/81


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