Paeonia arietina var. cretica (Sabine) Lynch

Jour.Roy.Hort.Soc. 12,441,fig.32 1890

type: [herbaceous peony] – [species] – [synonym]

accepted name (2005):

Paeonia arietina Anderson


Lynch 's original description


Sub-genus Paeon.

Herbaceous. Petals not leathery, large and expanding, much exceeding the sepals.

E. Leaves glaucous, or of very pale green above, generally of striking grey-green aspect; leaflets glaucous below, and very rarely without distinct pubescence, always divided, and with the lobes often fissured.

I. Flowers distinctly stalked, not apparently sessile, and resting on the upper leaves.

** Carpels hairy.

++ Terminal free divisions of the leaf three-lobed; the middle lobe rarely bifid, never trifid

§ Leaflets about twice as long as broad.

20. P. arietina, Anders.

The largest species of this section. It is well marked by decurrent leaflets, with strongly arched and even recurved carpels when mature. South of Europe.

var. Andersoni.

Leaves blue glaucous green. Corolla deep rose, petals slightly crisped. Perhaps native of the Levant.

var. cretica (P. arietina oxoniensis, Anders.; P. cretica, Clusius).

Leaves pale green. Corolla pale rose, or nearly white, petals lacerated. This is one of the earhest of Paeonies, and may be known as it comes out of the ground in spring by the pale glaucous green colour of the leaves. Mountains of Crete.


Stern's reference


P.arietina Anderson in Trans. Linn. Soc. London, 12, 275 (1818) ; DC. Prodr. 1, 66 (1824) ; Baker in Card. Chron,, New Ser. 22, 10 (1884) ; Lynch in Joum. Roy. Hort. Soc. 12, 440 (1890) ; Bailey, Stand. Cycl. Hort. 5, 2435 (1916) ; F. C. Stem in Jown. Roy. Hort. Soc. 68, 127 (1943).

Syn: ...P. arietina var. cretica (Sabine) Lynch, I.e. (1890)....

Carsten Burkhardt's Web Project Paeonia - The Peony Database


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