Tecophilaea cyanocrocus Leyb., 1863:370

Chilean blue crocus



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 2001?





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Leybold, F. (1863). On Tecophilaeaceae. A new natural order of monocotyledonous plants. J. Bot. 1: 9-10.


Other references:

Eyzaguirre, M.T. and García de la Huerta, R. (2003 "2002"). Tecophilaea cyanocrocus Leyb. (Tecophilaceae) redescubierta en su habitat natural. (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus Leyb. (Tecophilaceae) rediscovered in its natural habitat.). Gayana Botánica 59(2): 73-77. 

Hawkes, J. G., Maxted, N. and Ford-Lloyd, B. V. (2000). Field Gene Banks, Botanic Gardens In Vitro, DNA and Pollen Conservation, pp. 92-107. In: The Ex Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Maunder, Mike et al. (2001). The genetic status and conservation management of two cultivated bulb species extinct in the wild: Tecophilaea cyanocrocus (Chile) and Tulipa sprengeri (Turkey). Conservation Genetics 2(3): 193-201. [Abstract]

Miers J (1863) Tecophilaea cyanocrocus Leyb. Gard. Chron., 18, 413.

Munoz, P.C. (1977). Threatened and endangered species of plants in Chile Proceedings of the Symposium at the New York Botanical Garden, 11-13 May: 251-253.

Regel E (1872) Tecophilaea cyanocrocus Leyb. Gartenflora 21(718): 97-98.

Stapf O (1923) Tecophilaea cyanocrocus. Curtis's Bot. Mag., 149, t. 8987.

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.

Watson, J.M. (2008). Tecophilaea cyanocrocus: demolishing bad science. Herbertia 62: 209-240.


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