One of a series of surviving frescoes from Knossos, Crete and surrounding areas dating from 1600–1500 BCE which depict saffron crocuses. The selection and cultivation of saffron crocuses probably occurred on Crete from Crocus cartwrightianus which still occurs in the wild there and is the most likely candidate for the crocuses in the mural. The saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) does not occur naturally in the wild anywhere.

(via theherbarium)