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Cyclamen repandum
Cyclamen repandum
Spring Sowbread
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0515 1784 (2015-05-19)

Copyright © 2015 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Apr 23, 2015
  • latitude 45.08013   longitude 14.43675     View on Google Maps.
  • location   South of village Brzac, left of the dirt road leading to sea shore from the village; island Krk (Kvarner bay, Croatia)
  • notes   Slo.: primorska ciklama ? - Habitat: light predominantly broad leaved forest with many bushes; slightly inclined to the west, calcareous ground; in shade and half shade, dry place; elevation 80 m (260 feet), average precipitations ~ 1.100 mm/year, average temperature 13 -15 deg C, submediterranean phytogeographical region - Comments: The most frequent flower of north Adriatic islands in April (at least of those, which have some forests) is Cyclamen repandum. It appears massively on some places, where the ground of light forests is literally covered by them. But the plant doesn't grow exclusively in forests but also on woodland borders as well as on road sides and other sometimes very stony and open places. In Slovenia one cannot find it. It is replaced by actually quite similar Cyclamen europaeum, (syn.: Cyclamen purpurascens) which contrary to Cyclamen repandum blooms in late summer and early autumn. Both have quite different shape of their leaves, so distinguishing is not a problem. Cyclamen europaeum is also a wide spread and common forest flower, but it never develops so dense and extensive stands as Cyclamen repandum. However, it has very nice smells while her Mediterranean sister is far behind it in this gift. - Ref.: (1) R. Domac, Flora Hrvatske, Priručnik za određivanje bilja, Školska Knjiga, Zgreb, II. izdanje (2002), p 255. (2) M. Blamey, C. Grey-Wilson, Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, A & C Black, London (2005), p 169. (3) P. Schӧnfeld, I.Schӧnfeld , Was blüht am Mittelmeer? Kosmos Natur-Klassiker (2000), p 169. (4) D. Seidel, Blumen am Mittelmeer, BLV (2002), p 145.
  • camera   Canon G11, 6.1-30mm/f2.8-4.5
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_866/2015_DSC5873
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Spring Sowbread (photographer)
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