Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus (Briq.) P. Fourn.

Evergreen pale green plant to 1 m or so tall, sprawling and woody. Basal leaves absent; stem leaves with 3 spiny-toothed leaflets. Flowers cup-shaped to 4 cm wide, green; winter to early spring. Carpels 3-5, fused at the base. [h. corsicus Willd., h. lividus Aiton subsp. corsicus (Briq.) Yeo]

Corsica and Sardinia

A rare species in gardens and probably best known through its smaller highly variable hybrid, H. ×”sternii Turrill (first recorded in the 1940s in Sir Frederick Stern's garden at Highdown, Sussex, UK) which is a cross with H. lividus and intermediate in characters.

Leaves with 3 leaflets, pale green, thick and brittle with coarse spiny-toothed margins.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ranunculaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press. (as Helleborus argutifolius)

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Ranunculanae
order      Ranunculales
family       Ranunculaceae
genus        Helleborus L.
species         Helleborus lividus Aiton