Common Snowdrop
Fact File
Taken at Lochwinnoch on 1st February 2018 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.




 


Taken
at Doonfoot on 11th March 2018 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode
Fact File
 


 
Common Snowdrop.
Latin Name :
Family:
Habit:
AKA:
Galanthus nivalis.
Amaryllidaceae.
Herbaceous perennial.
February fairmaids, Candlemas bells
Mary's tapers
Habitat:
Height:
Flowers:
Feature:

Woodlands
7 - 15 cms.
January - April
Snowdrops contain an active substance called
galantamine, (or galanthamine), which can be
helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease,
though it is not a cure. Snowdrops also contain
an active lectin or agglutinin named GNA for
Galanthus nivalis agglutinin. Potatoes have
been genetically modified with the GNA gene.
In 1998 Árpád Pusztai said in an interview that
his group had observed damage to the intestines
and immune systems of rats fed the genetically
modified potatoes.