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Crocus alatavicus, 2011

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Iridaceae
Subfamilia: Crocoideae
Tribus: Croceae
Genus: Crocus
Sectio: C. sect. Nudiscapus
Series: C. ser. Orientales
Species: Crocus alatavicus

Crocus alatavicus Regel & Semen., Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 41(1): 434. 1868.

Typus: Kazakhstan, Ala-Tau mountains, Araldjel, near Alma-Ata, over the Malaja Almatinka River, 7000 ft, 1857, Semenow (Holotypus: LE).


Crocus alatavicus var. albus Regel, Trudy Imp. S.-Peterburgsk. Bot. Sada, prepr. 6: 498. 1879.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Asia-Temperate
Regional: Middle Asia
Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan.
Regional: China

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Additional references

Mathew, B.F. 1982. The Crocus. A revision of the genus Crocus (Iridacae). London: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 127 pp. + 96 plates. ISBN 0-7134-3390-6. Reference page.
Rukšāns, J. 2017. The World of Crocuses. 568 pp. The Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga. ISBN 978-9934-19-125-1. Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Crocus alatavicus in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Jan 21. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Crocus alatavicus in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Crocus alatavicus is a species of flowering plant in the genus Crocus of the family Iridaceae. It is a cormous perennial native to Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan, and Xinjiang.[1]

Crocus alatavicus is a herbaceous perennial geophyte growing from a corm. The medium sized corm has a tunic with parallel fibers. The narrow leaves number 8 to 20 and are short during flowering. The white flowers have gray to black-violet spotting on the outside surfaces. The flower throats are yellow and so are the anthers. The stigma is yellow to orange.[2]

Crocus alatavicus is found growing in the mountains among stones and in scrub, often in association with Colchicum luteum; flowering occurs in February to May depending on the altitude.[3]

Plants are easy to grow in a bulb frame if the soil remains dry during summer.[3] It is winter hardy to USDA zone 4.[2]

"Crocus alatavicus Regel & Semen. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
Jelitto, Leo (1990). Hardy herbaceous perennials. Wilhelm Schacht, Michael E. Epp, John Philip Baumgardt, Alfred Fessler. Portland, Or.: Timber Press. p. 168. ISBN 0-88192-159-9.
Phillips, Roger (1989). The Random House book of bulbs. Martyn Rix, Brian Mathew. New York: Random House. p. 19. ISBN 0-679-72756-6. OCLC 19922564.

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