Cyclamen Society Field Study: Corfu, Greece 2007

The Cyclamen Society had for some time been researching C. hederifolium and C. confusum on the island of Crete,
and chromosome counts taken from C. confusum had shown that they are different to those found so far in the
rest of Greece. It was therefore considered prudent to carry out further field work, starting on the
Ionian island of Corfu.

24 plants were collected from the 7 sites surveyed.

A report of the 2007 field study titled ‘A Corfiot miscellany’ was
published in the Cyclamen Society Journal Vol. 31
No. 2, December 2007.

Abridged field notes referenced by site number follow this table.
Giving brief locational information and habitat data which may aid cultivation.

CSE Plants Corfu, Greece 2007.

Plant images may be viewed by clicking on the purple CSE plant number.

CSE Plant No.Site No.SpeciesSubspeciesDescription
0700107/01C. hederifoliumhederifoliumGood leaf form.
0700207/02C. hederifoliumhederifolium
0700307/02C. hederifoliumhederifolium
0700407/02C. hederifoliumhederifoliumSeedling collected with 07003.
0700507/02C. hederifoliumhederifolium
0700607/03C. hederifoliumhederifolium
0700707/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium
0700807/05C. hederifoliumhederifoliumWhite flower pale pink auricles.
0700907/05C. hederifoliumhederifoliumf. albiflorum White flower.
0701007/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower.
0701107/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower.
0701207/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower.
0701307/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower.
0701407/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower. Slightly less intense colour.
0701507/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower.
0701607/04C. hederifoliumhederifoliumFour petals.
0701707/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower.
0701807/04C. hederifoliumhederifolium‘Red’ flower. Slightly less intense colour
0701907/06C. hederifoliumhederifoliumBi-colour flower reverse with white central stripe.
0702007/07C. hederifoliumhederifolium
0702107/07C. hederifoliumhederifoliumSeedling collected with 07020
0702207/02C. hederifoliumhederifoliumSeven petals.
0702307/02C. hederifoliumhederifoliumSeedling collected with 07022
0702407/04C. hederifoliumhederifoliumImmature flowers.

CSE Sites in Corfu, Greece 2007

Site images may be viewed by clicking on the purple site number.

3/11/07. 200m South of the right hand turning to Agios Prokopios at the beginning of the village of Kastelli messis.
Altitude: 200m., Shade: 50%, Aspect: East-west. Slope: Level.
Species: Cyclamen hederifolium.
Habitat: Road side detritus.

4/11/07. Argyrades: 100m north of school.
Altitude: 100m., Shade: 50%, Aspect: South-east facing, Slope: 33%, Soil: Loam and limestone.
Species: Cyclamen hederifolium.
Habitat: Olive terrace. Growing conditions: Good.
Associated Plants: Crocus boryi, Arisarum sp., Scrub.

4/11/07. South west of Kavos on Kavos to Spartera road.
Altitude: 50m., Shade: 50%, Slope: 5%, Soil: Loam.
Species: Cyclamen hederifolium.
Habitat: Mature Olive trees, grass. Growing Conditions: Moist, good.

7/11/07. 2km along Argyrades to Vasilatika road just beyond Neochakri.
Shade: 50%, Aspect: West facing, Slope: 10°, Soil: Loam on limestone.
Species: Cyclamen hederifolium.
Habitat: Mature Olive trees, three step terraces from field. Growing conditions: Good.
Associated Plants: Crocus boryi, Vicia sp., Daisies.

5/11/07. 1km north of Hore Piskopi.
Altitude: 150m., Shade: 75%, Aspect: North-east facing, Slope: 45°, Soil: Loam.
Species: Cyclamen hederifolium.
Habitat: Old Olive trees. Growing Conditions: Deep loam & light leaf mould.
Associated Plants: Arisarum sp.

7/11/07. South west end of Vasilatika village.
Altitude: 100m., Shade: 30%, Aspect: North-west facing slope, Slope: 20°, Soil: Loam and limestone.
Species: Cyclamen hederifolium.
Habitat: Mature Olive terrace.
Associated Plants: Spiranthes sp.

9/11/07. 2km west of Agios Mattheos.
Altitude: 100m., Shade: 75%, Aspect: North facing, Slope: 45°, Soil: Terra rossa.
Species: Cyclamen hederifolium.
Habitat: Roadside under Olive and Quercus sp. Growing Conditions: Moist soil.
Associated Plants: Phlomis sp., grasses.
Note: Because some of the leaves were larger than usual, samples were taken for herbarium and analysis at Reading University. Flower samples were also taken although they appeared normal in size. It was considered that the size of the leaves was due to growing conditions rather than a variation within the species.

Acknowledgements. We would like to thank George Handrinos, Georgia Konstantakopoulou and Eleni Kiapidou for their patience and help in obtaining the necessary documentation, research license and permits to collect plant material, and with whom we hope to meet and work again as we continue our studies in this very special part of Greece.