Plants in the Wild: Plants of Crete.
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Our visit to Crete was for recreational reasons but it goes without saying that we would be looking for plants wherever we went.The pictures that follow may not be, strictly speaking alpine in nature but could be of interest to anyone thinking of taking up this fascinating hobby.The plants we found were in a number of locations in the district of Lasithi.
View from Lato archaeological site towards the Gulf of Mirabello.
Cistus creticus ?
View from the hills above Lasithi Plateau.
An umbellifer but which one?
Another one not identified.
Tragopogon we think probably as is the last one.
Is this plant Nigella fumariifolia?
We thought this was a Polygala,does anyone know its name?
The island of Spinalonga had some plants of interest.
Low growing succulent.
We enjoyed discovering these plants but we intend to visit Crete again in the near future but in March. We hope our adventures encourage others to try their hand at this very interesting aspect of our hobby.
Lovely pictures Mel, I enjoyed the trip. Any more?
Thanks David, sadly I have no more plants from our Cretan holiday.I am currently honing my botanical skills locally and I will be posting some of my finds in the next few days. All this is for my own interest of course but I hope it will encourage others to have a bash.
3rd Phlomis lanata
6th Allium subhirsutum
7th Smyrnium creticum
8th Pallenis spinosa (syn. Asteriscus spinosus)
10th Nigella damascena
11th Polygala venulosa
15th Passiflora x violacea
17th Mesembryanthemum nodoflorum
John Fielding, co-author Flowers of Crete published by RBG Kew
Hello John, thanks for your expert knowledge. I appreciate any help with this new found hobby of mine.I am now botanising wherever I go, even in the Caribbean from where where I have just returned.As a question to the Society, Do you think it would be an idea for the Society and/or the groups to hold plant identification courses similar to the ones organised by the B.S.B.I.? I'm sure I am not alone in wanting to identify plants in the wild and such a course would be a great help to novice and expert alike.
I'm sure that a course to help you look at the basic structure of plants, their flowers and fruit etc. would help you if you are a beginner. I would say that in my experience you eventually get a feeling about plants that you become familiar with. By this I mean you instinctively know the family that it is likely to be in and can then break it down to the genera which makes looking up what the species is likely to be easier. It does take time though! Many of the tropical families are more of a problem to me, though I have an excuse because I have never been to the tropics.