Colchicum laetum

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Colchicum laetum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Colchicum
Species: C. laetum
Binomial name
Colchicum laetum

Colchicum × byzantinum var. laetum (Steven) Nyman

Colchicum laetum is a species of Colchicum found in south east Russia through to the Caucasus.[1][2]

A plant known in cultivation as C. laetum 'Pink Star' is thought to be a selection of Colchicum byzantinum. It has flowers which are pale purple-pink with rounded ends; the petals of each bloom are often held parallel to the soil surface.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Colchicum laetum", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2012-09-11 
  2. ^ Steven, Christian von. 1829. Nouveau Mémoires de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 7: 262, t. 18, Colchicum laetum
  3. ^ Leeds, Roy (2006), Autumn Bulbs, B.T. Batsford, ISBN 978-0-7134-8962-0 
  4. ^ Nyman, Carl Frederik. 1882. Conspectus florae europaeae : seu Enumeratio methodica plantarum phanerogamarum Europae indigenarum, indicatio distributionis geographicae singularum etc. 743, Colchicum × byzantinum var. laetum