|G.nivalis in Old Sulehay Forest|
Quite often the double form 'flore pleno' can be found. This is present in Thorpe Wood NR and in many churchyards.
|G.nivalis 'Flore Pleno' in Thorpe Wood|
There are three other species that may be found occasionally in our area, most frequently in churchyards and cemeteries where they may originally have been planted. All three can be found in St. Botolph's Churchyard at Longthorpe.
The most distinctive perhaps is Woronow's Snowdrop Galanthus woronowii, as it is the only snowdrop that has a clear green leaf with no trace of glaucous colouration. Like G. nivalis, this species only has a green patch at the tip of the inner tepal. This appears to be fully naturalised in Longthorpe Churchyard, and I have also seen much smaller groups in several Lincolnshire churchyards this spring.
|G.woronowii well established in Longthorpe Churchyard|
|Flowers of G.woronowii|
|G.elwesii in Longthorpe Churchyard|
The last species is perhaps the rarest, and in some ways can be the trickiest to identify. Pleated Snowdrop Galanthus plicatus has glaucous leaves, but the margins are folded under at least along most of the length, especially when young. Although this sounds a relatively easy character it can be quite tricky to notice. The leaves are also supposed to have a paler central band on the upper side. Like G. elwesii, the inner tepals can be marked with green either just at the tip (subsp. plicatus) or at the apex and base (subsp. byzantinus).
|G.plicatus in Longthorpe Churchyard|
|G.plicatus subsp. plicatus|