Pleated Snowdrop, Galanthus plicatus, Hoxne, 18 February 2023

While walking in the Hoxne area on Saturday I came across a plethora of weird snowdrops on a trackside verge in the Waveney Valley. Amongst Common Snowdrops and a couple of clumps of Greater Snowdrops was a small clump of large and robust plants. They were tall specimens with grass green wide-ish leaves and curious long narrow tepals forming the flowers. More importantly they also had inrolled leaf edges and ridges formed on more mature leaves. These form the 'pleats' on Galanthus plicatus, Pleated Snowdrop which was a surprise find and a new species or me.


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