Colchicum alpinum

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alpine autumn crocus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Colchicum
Species: C. alpinum
Binomial name
Colchicum alpinum
  • Colchicum parvulum Ten.
  • Colchicum alpinum var. parvulum (Ten.) Baker
  • Colchicum alpinum subsp. parvulum (Ten.) Nyman
  • Colchicum merenderoides E.P.Perrier & Songeon
  • Colchicum alpinum subsp. merenderoides (E.P.Perrier & Songeon) Rouy
  • Colchicum pseudoparvulum Lojac.
  • Colchicum vallis-demonis Lojac.

Colchicum alpinum, the alpine autumn crocus, is a corm-forming perennial with pale, delicate rosy-purple flowers, similar to C. autumnale but smaller.[2] It is native to the Alps and the Appennini of Italy, Switzerland, France and Sicily, and cultivated as an ornamental in other regions.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Colchicum alpinum
  2. ^ Augustin Pyramus de Candolle. 1805. Flore Française. Troisième Édition 3: 195, Colchicum alpinum
  3. ^ Autumn Bulbs by Roy Leeds (B.T. Batsford Ltd) 2006 ISBN 0-7134-8962-6