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Summer Snowflake

Monocots (Monocotyledons)
Family: Daffodil family
Amaryllidaceae (was Liliaceae)
Shared parkland among Victorian Villas in Weston-super-Mare.
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These start flowering in January before my L. aestivum subsp. aestivum have emerged at all.
The snowflakes

Ena Gatenby (who is building the National Collection of Leucojum) tells me "I have also seen it referred to as Devon Snowflake, St Agnew flower and St George's Violet".

Patrick Roper points out:
"On the topic of names, I suspect 'Loddon lily' is an old name that was current before Linnaeus called the plant 'Leucojum aestivum' in 1759.
Subsequently Linnaeus's Latin was translated as 'summer snowflake' or its equivalent in English and other languages. He used the word 'aestivum'
(summer) because that is when it flowered in central Sweden where he lived."
18 March 2005
Category: Wild-growing plants and fungi of the British Isles
British Isles status: native

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Photographer: J R Crellin

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18/03/2005 10:52:16
1/50 sec - F/14
Lens: 60mm f/2.8 D
Sensitivity: ISO 500
Exp. compensation: -0.7 EV
Light value: 10.9

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