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.

Agave americana
Agave americana and Opunta - Neo Horio

Anagallis arvensis - Pimpernel - Kokkino Horio
Anemone coronaria - var. cyanea
Anemone coronaria - var. cyanea - at Ramni
Anemone pavonina
Anemone pavonina - road to Mehare
Anemone heldreichii
Anemone heldreichii
Imbros gorge and Mt. Jouchtos
Asphodelus  aestivus
Aspgodelus aestivus - Asphodel - Neo Horio
Asphodeline lutea
Aspfodeline lutea - Yellow asphodel - Imbros
Asphodeline lutea
Asphodeline lutea -
Yellow asphodel - near Hora Sfakion
Chrysanthemum segetum
Chrysanthemum segetum -
Crown Daisies, Corn Marigolds - Neo Horio
Chrysanthemum coronarium
Chrysanthemum coronarium -
Crown Daisy, Corn Marigold
Cistus incanus subsp. creticus
Cistus incanus subspecies creticus
Diktanos Gorge
Citrus limon
Citrus lemon - Lemon - Neo Horio
Citrus sinensis - orange trees
Citrus sinensis - Orange trees
Neo Horio
Citrus sinensis - Oranges and blossoms
Citrus sinensis - Oranges and blossoms
Citrus sinensis - Orange blossom
Citrus sinensis - Orange blossom

Crepis rubra
Crepis rubra? (Tragopogon hybridus?) - Hawksbeard - Armeni

Crepis rubra
Crepis rubra - Hawksbeard - Polyrinia
Cyclamen creticum
Cyclamen creticum - Cretan cyclamen
Diktanos Gorge
Cyclamen repandum
Cyclamen repandum at Roman wells
Cupressus horizontalis
Cupressus horizontalis - Cypress - Neo Horio
Daucus carota
Daucus carota? - Carrot? - Phestos


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November 19, 2013
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