Attic timeless

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Attic timeless
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Attic timeless ( Colchicum atticum )

Class : Bedecktsamer (Magnoliopsida)
Order : Lily-like (Liliales)
Family : Timeless plants (Colchicaceae)
Genre : Timeless ( Colchicum )
Type : Attic timeless
Scientific name
Colchicum atticum
Spruner ex Tomm.

The Attic timeless ( Colchicum atticum ) is a species of the timeless genus ( Colchicum ) in the timeless family (Colchicaceae).


The Attic timeless is a perennial bulbous plant that reaches heights of 3 to 6 centimeters. The tubers are erect and ovoid. Most of the 4, rarely 2 to 6 leaves are ciliate or rough at the bottom. They are short at flowering time, later they reach 18 × 0.3 to 0.8 centimeters. The 3 to 5 (rarely 1 to 6) flowers are white to purple. The tepals measure 15 to 27 × 2 to 5 millimeters and usually have no ears.

The flowering period extends from March to April.

The number of chromosomes is 2n = 54.


The Attic timeless occurs in Greece, in the Aegean Sea, southern Bulgaria and western and central Turkey on overgrazed limestone slopes, slate-gravel slopes and open pine forests at altitudes of 100 to 2000 meters.


A synonym for Colchicum atticum Spruner ex Tommas. is Merendera attica (Spruner ex Tommas.) Boiss. & Spruner .


The Attic timeless is rarely used as an ornamental plant for rock gardens.


  • Eckehart J. Jäger, Friedrich Ebel, Peter Hanelt, Gerd K. Müller (eds.): Excursion flora from Germany . Founded by Werner Rothmaler. tape 5 : Herbaceous ornamental and useful plants . Springer, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Berlin / Heidelberg 2008, ISBN 978-3-8274-0918-8 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Tropicos. [1]
  2. Rafaël Govaerts (Ed.): Colchicum atticum. In: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP) - The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew . Retrieved June 28, 2018.

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