Hungarian Naked Lady - Colchicum hungaricum

Sue Abonyi

Sandy, United States

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Known only from the southern slope of an isolated inselberg, one of the northernmost mountain blocks of the Dalmatian Dolomites Range.

A minute, ephemeral beauty growing in the crevices of dolomite rocks. It is strictly protected and the habitat is managed using a quite uncommon method. Namely, sheep and flocks are herded time-to time to the slope letting the closely-grazing herbivores to control the growth of taller plants, which otherwise would crowd out this tiny plant.

It is strongly toxins as all the other Colchicum species containing the mutagenic colchicin are, therefore herbivores fortunately leave it alone.

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