Perennial herb with a corm, in flower 4-8 cm high. Flowers 1-2, fragrant; six
white segments, often with a violet stripe or feathering on the outside of the outer
three. Leaves 3-4, equalling the flower in height, but occasionally with only the tips
showing; up to 1 mm wide, bright dark green, with a narrow silvery median stripe on the
Stony and grassy places in maquis or open conifer woods; 300-2,500 ft alt. Flowers
November to January.
In Northern Cyprus frequent, on northern slopes of Kyrenia range, from Kornos peak to
eastern end of range. Not occuring on the mainland.
Hallliday, S., & Lushington, L., (1988), Flowers of Northern
Cyprus, Angus Hudson Ltd, London.