Sierra Nevada Crocus (Crocus nevadensis).
Two plants were found today after information from John Wainwright, growing amongst gorse scrub on a limestone covered slope in the Sierra de Loja. One of the plants was well over but the second was still in good condition.
An endemic of Iberia and North Africa which can be seen in flower as early as February just as the snow starts to thaw.
The is a plant of between 4 and 5 cms tall with narrow leaves of green with a paler center rib.
Photograph: Sierra Nevada Crocus (Crocus nevadensis).