Contractions. - Colch. Cch.
Colchicum Autumnale. Nat ord., Melanthaceae:.
Synonyms. - C. anglicum, C. commune.
Fig. - Flora Horn., pl. 24.
Meadow Saffron, Tuber-root, Naked Lady, Upstart.. For. names: German, Zeitlose, Lichtblume; French, Colchique, Safran des pres; Italian, Colchico, Giglio Matto; Spanish, Colchico.
Habitat. - Moist meadows and pastures over the greater part of Europe; abundant in some parts of England and Ireland.
Flowering time. - Autumn.
Part employed. - The fresh corm or bulb.
Characters. - About the size of a chestnut, flattened where it has an undeveloped bud; furnished with an outer brown and inner yellow coat; internally white, solid, and fleshy, yielding when cut a milky, acrid, and bitter juice.
Time for collecting. - In the spring, when the leaves are withered, and about the end of June.
Preparation. - Tincture, corresponding in alcoholic strength with proof spirit.
Reference to Hom. Proving. - Arch., vi.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and lx, Tincture only. 1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.
Average loss of moisture, 73 per cent.