A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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A Little Yellow Flower Updated!

I'm pretty sure this is Gagea peduncularis which I found by St George's above Nimborio. Gagea is a large genus of spring flowers in the Liliaceae found in Europe and western Asia. It is named after the English naturalist Sir Thomas Gage. They were originally described as species of Ornithogalum, which, together with the usual yellow colour of the flowers, explains the English name Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem for the most common species in Europe, Gagea lutea, which grows in damp deciduous woodland.

Update From Rodney Burton

Whatever it is, it’s not G. graeca which has white flowers, it’s not our British native G. lutea, and it is a new species for Symi. This plant has lots of leaves, one of which is broader than all the others, and is presumably the basal leaf, arising directly from the bulb. Gagea species are numerous and fiendishly difficult to identify, they all look very similar. Lyndon’s plant has unusually broad perianth segments for any Gagea. My guess is that it is G. rigida, which may or may not be the same as G. fibrosa, and occurs in Rhodes in a few places. It would be nice to see the pedicel and underside of the flowers. He’d have to have the camera resting on the ground!

Which I have now done and can be seen here.

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