Wildflowers of Crete

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In springtime, Crete is covered by a carpet of flowers. Wildflowers bloom everywhere - along the roadsides, in the olive and orange groves, in the gorges and on the hillsides. Many flowers which grow wild on Crete are found elsewhere in gardens: gladioli, cyclamen, anemones, geraniums, grape hyacinths, iris and tulips, to name just a few. Then there are the wild orchids. There are several different types found on Crete: we found ophrys orchids which look like insects, serapias or long-lipped orchids, and many different members of the orchis family. I am still working on the orchid photos but hope to have the photos up soon. It is very difficult to identify the type of orchid since many are hybrids.

I have tried to identify all the flowers in these photos but, if anyone spots an error or can identify other flowers in the photo, I would appreciate it very much if they would let me know so that I can correct it.

Reference books: "Wild Flowers of Crete" by George Sfikas and "Farbatlas Mediterrane Pflanzen" by Andrea Bärtels.

Prunus persica - Peach blossoms
Prunus persica - Peach at Neo Horio

Punica granatum - Pomegranate
Punica granatum? - Pomegranate? at Nerohori
Phlomis cretica
Phlomis cretica - Neo Horio
Ranunculus asiaticus - white
Ranunculus asiaticus - near Kokkino Horio
Ranunculus asiaticus - white
Ranunculus asiaticus - white - Imbros gorge
Ranunculus asiaticus - red
Ranunculus asiaticus - red - Kokkino Horio
Salvia - Sage
Salvia - Sage at Neo Horio
Sarcopoterium spinosum
Sarcopoterium spinosum - Thorny Burret
Hora Sfakion
Silene colorata - Campion
Silene colorata - Campion
Hora Sfakion
Scrophularia perregrina 
Scrophularia peregrina? - Figwort? Neo Horio
Thistle - Circium creticum? - Neo Horio
Verbascum - Mullein - near Stilos church
Vicia sativa - vetch
Vicia sativa - Vetch - Mt. Jouchtos
Vinca major - Periwinkle
Vinca major - Periwinkle - Polyrinia
Small blue flowersCan't identify this - Help - near Loutro
Prasium majus
Prasium majus - Mt. Jouchtos


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November 19, 2013
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