Colchicum feinbruniae

The Celebrate Research @ UBC series will continue tomorrow. At Lindsay’s suggestion when she authored this entry in January, today’s posting instead recognizes International Women’s Day. Lindsay writes:

Thank you to cloudy of the UBC Botanical Garden Forums for submitting today’s photographs and accompanying link (original images | Botany Photo of the Day Submissions Forum).

The epithet feinbruniae on this autumn crocus or meadow saffron pays respect to a pioneering woman in botany. Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan was a professor and researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and devoted over six decades to studying the flora of Israel and adjacent countries. Feinbrun-Dothan was especially fascinated by monocots. After finishing her PhD (a monograph of the genus Bellevalia during 1938-1940), she devoted much time to the taxonomic study of genera such as Allium, Colchicum, and Crocus. Other taxa named after Feinbrun-Dothan include Astragalus feinbruniae (currently: Astragalus aleppicus), Bellevalia feinbrunae and Anacamptis ×feinbruniae.

For more information and additional photographs, visit the Flora of Israel Online: Colchicum feinbruniae.

Daniel adds:Colchicum has previously been featured on BPotD here: Colchicum speciosum ‘Album’, Colchicum autumnale, and Colchicum sp..

Colchicum feinbruniae
Colchicum feinbruniae

25 responses to “Colchicum feinbruniae”

  1. Barbara Lamb

    Thank you for the lovely photo on International Women’s Day. To quote Emma Goldman, “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

  2. Susan

    Is it just here in the UK that Colchicums are often called “naked ladies”?!
    Lovely photos, thanks.

  3. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    These are such exquisitely lovely flowers… in colour, form, and setting. Although this one is an “autumn crocus”, just the thought of crocus flowers, after a long winter in Toronto, cheers me up.
    The mottled colour of the petals reminds me of fritillaria, another of my favourite flowers:
    And Barbara, I like the quote about roses and diamonds — thanks for that!

  4. Deb

    Susan, here’s a response to your question on ‘naked ladies’ – I’ve never heard colchicum referred to in that way, in the US, central Pennsylvania. However, that is the common name for a flower that blooms in late summer, consisting of 18-24″ tall stalks, bearing with 3-4 pink, lily-like flowers on top – just popping up seemingly out of nowhere, but aha, their long, strappy foliage, very much like hemerocallis, had already disappeared, after appearing in the spring.

  5. Susan

    Thanks for the information Deb, I think it is mainly C. autumnale that has that common name here, can’t be sure though. Could what you have heard called “Naked Ladies” be a Nerine perhaps?

  6. Jane

    I’ve always heard ‘naked lady’ as a common name for Amaryllis belladonna. ( Portland OR, USA)

  7. Susan

    Ah, may well be that instead of the Nerine Deb; perhaps we should combine a list of all plants called “naked ladies”!

  8. Old Ari

    Isn’t there another flower a true crocus, called the autumn crocus?, which of the two produces saffron?

  9. Old Ari

    Oh the colchicums provided the only treatment for gout for a long time!

  10. Susan

    Crocus sativus gives us Saffron, Colchicums are just called Autumn Crocuses to confuse us!

  11. Connie

    The saffron one is Crocus sativus. Colchicum is poisonous, and is called Naked Ladies in the UK. Belladonna Lily (Amaryllis belladonna) and Lycoris squamigera are called Naked Ladies in the USA.
    It would be a neat series, on Naked Ladies- some of these are really strange plants!

  12. phillip

    …hear …hear..let’s have a series of naked ladies……

  13. elizabeth a airhart

    do come in to me garden the naked ladies are
    just around the corner by the pool you see
    thank you for the posting lovely pictures
    good write up fun comments

  14. Kate

    all i can say is WOW!

  15. Angela

    Here’s what all the ‘naked lady’ talk reminded me of:
    “Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.” ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

  16. Quin

    I’ve always heard that many flowers which bloom without their foliage are known as ‘Naked Ladies’ – no foliage. So many South African spp. and other specimens that produce their foliage in response to wet seasons but flower later, during the dry season are naked – good church women who don’t hold with naked concepts refer to these as ‘Resurrection Lilies’ – omg!

  17. Heather

    Just for the record, Belladonna Lilies are also called “Naked Ladies” in Australia.

  18. annie Morgan

    A beautiful plant, especially in the lower photo, and what fun comments!

  19. Quin

    it’s always fun to see it when an entry sets off such a flurry of comments!

  20. elizabeth a airhart

    this is resarch week our next entry is
    led by daniel naked ladies of the
    pacfic north west i have known and loved

  21. Gabrielle

    Love the contrast of the delicate pink against the rocks!

  22. Sara

    elizabeth a airhart – you are a hoot! and I appreciate your poetic comments. I would like to second the nomination for the entry led by daniel – naked ladies of the pacific north west that I have known & loved. LOL

  23. Irma in Sweden

    Here you can buy the colchicums in early fall and then get them to flower just by putting them on a plate.

  24. Elizabeth Revell

    Colchicine (originally a colchicum extract) is still an excellent treatment for acute flareups of gout: 0.6mg given 2 hourly until the pain is relieved OR the patient develops diarrhoea!! (Although I have to say the pain is usually relieved well before the less-appreciated side effect).

  25. onlyheaven

    Just WOW. Thank you!!!

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