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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

Unforgettable things to do … and a Wildflower Wonder of the World: discovering wild flowers on Crete. See news here >

WELCOME to the Flowers of Crete website

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

Flower of the month - August 2015
Centaurea calcitrapa - red star-thistle

This very attractive but extremely spiny thistle has an interlocking shrub-like habit. The flower heads are relatively small, but of a striking magenta pink colour.

This example was photographed on the Omalos plateau, where it grows in abundance on roadside verges. Despite the many goats and sheep which can be found grazing on the plateau, the sharp bracts keep it safe from attack.

The specific Latin name 'calcitrapa' - foot trap - for this species refers to the resemblance of the flower-head to a 'caltrops'. This was an iron spiked implement that was thrown under horses' feet to disable them during battle.

Centaurea calcitrapa

More flowers month by month here.


Bellevalia juliana: a new flower for Crete, named after Flowers of Crete founder, Julia Jones. More in news.

Oliver Rackham OBE 1939-2015. Landscape historian and author of The Making of the Cretan Landscape has died. More in news.

Wild Orchid Conservation workshop, led by Phil Seaton and FoC's Julia Jones, 1st - 6th June 2015 in Hungary. More in news here >

Orders are now being taken for the Flowers of Crete 2015 calendar featuring endemic flowers of the island in original images by Julia Jones.

Calendars cost £12 (14 euros) including post and packing. Payment can be made by PayPal to julia@jjbotanicart.com or by UK Bank transfer.

Please ask for further details.  

Cretan fritillary is an endemic subspecies found only on the island, according to research at the University of Patras. See news here >

Conserving the Cretan Lizard Orchid. Himantoglossum samariense (right) is one of Crete's most elusive and threatened plants. Julia Jones from Flowers of Crete describes recent efforts to find and protect it - read the full story here.

Flowers of Crete holidays and courses 2015 are now open for bookings. Details of orchid-finding trips in spring and summer orchid-finding trips plus autumn bulb finding all on our holidays page. Food Foraging and Discovery Trips, and a botanic art workshop with Julia Jones in October 2015, are on our specialist holidays page.

Himantoglossum samariense

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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