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Web pages to help learn about flowers
on Crete:

Ten common flowers of Crete

Ten Cretan orchids

Ten rare plants of Crete

Flower books for Crete


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Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers and promotes their conservation.


Monitoring Crete’s endemic plants: in late April and early May 2014, monitoring of key species took place, undertaken by the University of Athens for the Greek government. See news here >.

Unforgettable things to do … discovering wild flowers on Crete. See news here >.

Flowers of Crete flower finding trips for 2014 available here and botanic art workshops here.

Flower of the month
August 2014

Ononis spinosa

Ononis spinosa subsp diacantha
Spiny restharrow

A low growing, hairy shrub which flowers from April well into August. At a time when very little else is in flower, it is a pleasure to see.

Like the northern European version, it has some vicious spines to resist browsing where it grows in phrygana, waste ground, roadsides and other dry, inhospitable places, including, occasionally, the sea shore. The hairy leaves reduce water loss in high summer.

The Aegean version of spiny restharrow is classed as the subspecies diacantha. The species is also known as Ononis campestris.

More flowers month by month here.

With some 1700 species of flowers native to Crete, of which 10 per cent are endemic, you may wonder where to start. One way is to click on the photos below. You can find out what these flowers are, and see our Flowers of Crete introductory web pages ...

Ten common flowers of Crete

Phlomis fructicosa

Ten Cretan orchids

Ophrys cretica ssp ariadnae

Ten rare plants of Crete

Crocus sieberi

Flower books for Crete

Fielding & Turland

Saving the Cretan Palm

The Cretan palm Phoenix theophrastii is found only on the coast of Crete and south-western Turkey, and on Crete is best known from Vai and Préveli.

The red palm weevil, sadly sometimes imported on cultivated palm species, is a serious threat to the near-endemic Cretan palm and every effort needs to be taken to try to stop its progress.

red palm weevil

Phoenix theophrastii at Préveli

You can help by keeping an eye out of the weevil and its grubs and reporting news to Flowers of Crete. More here.




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