Contractions. - Croc. Cro.

Crocus sativus. Nat. ord., Iridaceae.

Synonyms. - Crocus verus, Crocus Autumnalis.

Fig. - Flora Horn., pl. 27.

Common Saffron Crocus. For. names: German, Safran; French, Safran; Italian, Zajferano; Spanish, Azofran.

Habitat. - Asia Minor. Imported from Spain, France, and Italy.

Flowering time. - September and October.

Parts employed. - The dry stigmata, as imported.

Characters. - Thread-like styles, each terminated by 3 long orange-brown stigmas, broadest at the summit. Has a powerful aromatic odour. Rubbed on the wet finger, it leaves an intense orange-yellow stain; pressed between folds of blotting-paper, it leaves no oily stain.

Preparation. - Tincture, using rectified spirit.

Reference to Horn. Proving. - Stapf's B.

Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.