A very rare flower: the snake's head / Очень редкий цветок: рябчик шахматный

The Snake's Head

This flower is called snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris), "kievitsbloem" in Dutch, "рябчик шахматный" in Russian.

It is a very rare (and protected) species in the wild in The Netherlands, and extinct in Belgium and some other European countries (I don't know about Russia). It can take a bit of time to find them in the wild, but I did:

Olympus XZ-1, 70mm, ISO100, f5.6, 1/125s

This plant is found in areas of clay-on-peat that flood in winter. Adjustments to the water level by agriculture make it disappear. The seeds float on water, so it depends on flooding to spread, and it takes a plant eight years before it blooms.

I even found some clusters of these flowers this year:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 42mm, ISO200, f5.6, 1/100s

This one is even rarer, a white version:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 42mm, ISO200, f5.6, 1/100s

This is a very strange one, it is the first time I have seen one like this. It looks like something inbetween, as if undecided on its colour. It could be a hybrid, or a mutation. I haven't been able to find out yet if it is rare or unusual:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 42mm, ISO200, f5.6, 1/125s

Thanks for watching!

Comments 3

Hi.Touchingly and wonderfully. Thank you.

19.04.2017 15:42

You're welcome.

19.04.2017 16:47

Есть рябчик императорский (Fritillaria imperialis), он совсем другой.
На русском чаще называют "царская корона" :)

19.04.2017 15:44


Это называется crown imperial на английском ("императорская корона"). Оно не растет в нидерландах, только в садах.

Надеюсь, ты понимаешь мой русский 8-).

19.04.2017 16:45

I understood :)

императорская или царская :)

19.04.2017 16:49