Biology of Crocus olivieri subsp olivieri

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Vurdu H., Guney K., Cicek F.

1st International Symposium on Saffron Biology and Biotechnology, Albacete, Spain, 22 - 25 October 2003, pp.71-83 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.17660/actahortic.2004.650.7
  • City: Albacete
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-83
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Phenological periods and morphological characteristics of Crocus olivieri subsp. olivieri have been determined by observations in the sampling area. The changes in morphometric characteristics of this species for a period of 5 months from flowering to leaf disappearing have been recorded. The corm germination is achieved in 50 +/- 18 days under indoor conditions. 1000 seed weight has been determined as 6.819 g and the viability of seeds ranged from 89 to 96 percent. Different seed germination procedures were tested. Among these, seeds kept in distilled water for 1-10 days showed to be the suitable for the seed germination. Germination of the seeds started 154-179 days after sowing. As a result, the cultivation of this species could be done commercially by using corms and seeds.