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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Anchusella variegata

803_6096 HF3 [Anchusella variegata]

A very small perennial plant with flowers less than 15mm in diameter.
Found in dry grasslands up to a height of 1100 m.
 

Photographed at Schinias on March 15, 2020


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Iris unguicularis subsp. unguicularis

803_6001 [Iris unguicularis]

Photographed in Diomides Botanical Gardens in Athens on February 11, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Ophioglossum lusitanicum

803_5942 [Ophioglossum lusitanicum]
This tiny plant grows in many parts of the world.
In Greece it is scarce but it can be found on mainland and Crete.

The plant in the picture was in its normal height of about 5 cm.
Its name "Ophioglossum" derives from Greek and it means "snake-tongue".
 

Photographed in Lavrio on February 04, 2020


Please click on the picture for a better view.
 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Pinguicula crystallina subsp. hirtiflora

302_7879 [Pinguicula crystallina subsp. hirtiflora]

Pinguicula crystallina subsp. hirtiflora can be found on a variety of habitats:
at sea level or at various heights up to 1700 m; in warm sunny areas, or in areas exposed to frost and snow.
We found it on a relatively dark, vertical, wet rock in a gorge on Mt. Olympos.
Looks innocent but is it? Not so much for insects. It is carnivorous!
Its leaves are covered with sticky glands that produce a liquid that attracts insects. When insects land on the leaves, they are trapped, gradually dissolved by the glands and eventually absorbed by the plant. The reason? Pinguicula grows predominantly on nutritionally poor grounds. So, it uses the insects as a “food supplement” highly recommended by Mother Nature!

Photographed on Mt. Olympos on June 07, 2010
 


Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Nikitidis

“Tagton and Co” on the way to the spot where Pinguicula was found

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Romulea linaresii subsp. graeca

803_3769 [Romulea linaresii]


Tiny but bold enough to choose where to grow and that is anywhere from sea level to a height of 1300 m!
 

Photographed at Schinias (sea level) on February 19, 2019