Gagea peduncularis (J.Presl & C.Presl) Pascher
Common names: Stalked Star of Bethlehem, Peduncled gagea [En], Γαγέα η έμμισχος [Gr]
Moria, Lesvos ● Greece
Description: Low plant, stem minutely hairy. Basal leaves 2, thread-like to linear, grooved. Stem leaves alternate, lanceolate to elliptical. Flowers 1-3, yellow, 10-20mm, stalks often white hairy.
Flowering time: February-April
Gagea is a large genus of spring flowers in the Liliaceae. The distribution area of Gagea is restricted to temperate and subtropical regions of Eurasia.
237 species are recorded in this genus. Among them they are 36 Mediterranean species, including 21 endemic to this region.
Etymology: It is named after the English naturalist Sir Thomas Gage. Gagea 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.
Habitat: Limestone rocks, phrygana, grassy meadows, Pinus forests.
Distribution: Eastern Mediterranean, from Italy, Ex-Yugoslavia, Greece (including Crete and Aegean islands), Turkey (West and South Anatolia) to Cyprus and Lebanon.
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