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MEADOW SAFFRON Colchicum autumnale (Liliaceae)  Height to 10cm. Bulbous perennial. Flowers appear in autumn, long after the leaves have withered. Can be confused with Autumn Crocus. Grows in undisturbed meadows and woodland rides. FLOWERS are pinkish purple and 6-lobed with orange anthers and 6 stamens; borne on slender stalks (in fact the extended perianth tube) (Aug-Oct). FRUITS are capsules. LEAVES are long, ovate and appear in spring.
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MEADOW SAFFRON Colchicum autumnale (Liliaceae) Height to 10cm. Bulbous perennial. Flowers appear in autumn, long after the leaves have withered. Can be confused with Autumn Crocus. Grows in undisturbed meadows and woodland rides. FLOWERS are pinkish purple and 6-lobed with orange anthers and 6 stamens; borne on slender stalks (in fact the extended perianth tube) (Aug-Oct). FRUITS are capsules. LEAVES are long, ovate and appear in spring.

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Date: 1 Jul 2013
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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