Alpine Garden Society

Now is the time to enter the Online Show

01386 554790
[ Printable Version in separate window ]

Stamens and Styles

Crocus have three pollen bearing anthers.  

Crocus Stamens and Styles Crocus kotschyanus kotschyanus: White anthers, white pollen.

Crocus Stamens and Styles Crocus serotinus salzmannii: Yellow anthers, yellow pollen.

Occasionally they are blackish maroon, in this case the pollen is yellow.

The style, which has a sticky surface at the tip to receive pollen, takes many different forms. Some of these are illustrated below.

Crocus Stamens and Styles Crocus serotinus clusii: This has a simple three branched orange style which divides above the anthers.

Crocus Stamens and Styles Crocus cartwrightianus: A white form, which has three bright red style branches, which divide in the throat of the flower and are expanded at the apex. This form has purple filaments (the stalks holding the anthers) and a pubescent (hairy) throat.

Crocus Stamens and Styles Crocus caspius: A yellow three branched style which is characteristically hooked at the tips.

Crocus Stamens and Styles Crocus tournefortii: A much branched orange style, an attractive feature of some species. Note also the yellow filaments holding white anthers.

Crocus Stamens and Styles Crocus banaticus: Many branched style, purple, unique to this species.

  • Corms and Tunics
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Stamens and Styles
  • Pollination and Seeds