Dogtooth violet

The Dogtooth violet (Erythronium dens-canis) is a bulbous plant in the family Liliaceae. This is a mountain species you can see on the way to Saint Guilhem, in the Aubrac region.

The name comes from the Greek adjective erythros, “dark red’, because of the colour of the flower but also of the leaved, which are green flecked with purplish red. What about the doog’s tooth? Well, the bulb of the plant is white and stretched, as a dog’s canine tooth.

Photo: J.-M. Planchon. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dent-de-chien.JPG

Photo: J.-M. Planchon. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dent-de-chien.JPG