Sweden wildflowers: Common snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis, SE: Snödroppen,
DE: Kleine Schneeglöckchen, Gewöhnliches Schneeglöckchen,
NL: Gewoon sneeuwklokje, UK: common snowdrop

Scientific name:  Galanthus nivalis L.
Swedish name:  Snödroppe
German name:  Kleine Schneeglöckchen, Gewöhnliches Schneeglöckchen
Nederlandse naam:  Gewoon sneeuwklokje
English name:  Common snowdrop, flower of hope
Plant Family:   Amaryllidaceae, Amaryllis family, Amaryllisväxter

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Life form:  Geophyte
Stems:  A leafless flower scape (7-15cm tall) which is topped with a single, nodding, white, waxy, bell-shaped flower, which later becomes pendent (hangs down)
Leaves:  Linear, basal gray-green leaves, not folded back edge
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite
Flowering Period:  February, March, April
Fruits:  Spherical capsule, 1–1.2 cm in diameter
Habitat:  Naturalized near buildings, ditches, roadsides, lawns, parks

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Galanthus, gala, "milk," possibly an allusion to the white flowers.
nivalis, Latin nivis "snow"; snow-white; growing near snow.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
Galanthus nivalis is pollinated by Bees. Seeds have elaiosomes (fleshy structures that are attached to the seeds of many plant species) which are eaten by ants and they carry seeds through underground tunnels, helping to distribute them.

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