Botanical Name: Crocus sativus
Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Common name: Saffron Flower, Saffron crocus
Tamil Name: Kungguma Poo
Telugu: Kumkuma pubba
A spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus (which also is its scientific name), saffron (and its threads, especially) is mainly used as a seasoning and coloring agent in food. Apart from its uses, it is also well known for being one of the most expensive spices in the world.