Fritillaria meleagris

In the AUbrac region, about 40 different plant species can be found in the natural meadows, and even 70 in the richest of them! Among these species, one of the rarest is Fritillaria meleagris. This plant grows between 20-40 cm in height. The flower has a chequered pattern in shades of purple.

The name Fritillaria comes from the Latin fritillus meaning dice-box, which may refer to the shape of the flower. The name meleagris means “spotted like a guineafowl”. The common English name is snake’s head, which probably refers to the somewhat snakelike appearance of the nodding flower heads on their long stems.

This plant, which is typical of the humid climates, is threatened by loss of habitat and water pollution by pesticides.

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