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Botany

Fleur de safran

Flower

The flower comes out of the ground in a little white protective covering. It grows in the night, like mushrooms, usually after a warm day and during a mild night. It is made up of six identical, oval petals, in a pretty violet with touches of purple or white. In the centre, three stamens appear, bearing three pollen-bearing anthers.

Finally, inside the calyx, three conical orange-red stigmas with flared ends, about 3cm long, form the pistil: that is, the real, fresh saffron.

Despite its stamens, which are the reproductive organs of all plants, this plant is sterile. It can only reproduce by vegetative separation, which is to say by the annual production of cormlets.