Galanthus elwesii

Hooker f.

Bot. Mag. 101: plate 6166. 1875.

Common names: Giant snowdrop
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 280.

Plants to 9–15(–20) cm; bulbs 2–3 × 1.5–2 cm. Leaves: vernation convolute, remaining so within basal sheath; blade narrowly oblanceolate, 10–30 × 0.5–2.5(–3.5) cm. Spathe 3–5 cm. Flowers: outer tepals white, elliptic to broadly obovate or nearly orbiculate, 2–2.5 × 1–2 cm; inner tepals white with green blotch at base and apex, or with green stripe from base to apex, narrowly obovate, 10–12 × (4–)6–7 mm; anthers 4–6 mm; ovary 5–8 × 4–5 mm; style 8–10 mm; pedicel (1.5–)3–4 cm.

Phenology: Flowering late winter–spring.
Habitat: Roadsides, open forests, abandoned gardens
Elevation: 0–300 m


Introduced; N.Y., Pa., se Europe, sw Asia (Turkey), expected elsewhere.


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Lower Taxa