On flowers, cameras, travels, friends and other marvels of nature

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Viola odorata

Viola odorata is a common taxa, but it is quite unusual to find it in a wild form within an urban area. Here two specimens found in Peplos and Feres. Mars 28, 2012.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lomelosia brachiata

Antikyra, Kefali, April 17, 2012

Convolvulus siculus


Antikyra, Vroulia Castle, April 17, 2012

Campanula drabifolia


Antikyra, Koutros, April 17, 2012

The map shows diffusion of Campanula drabifolia.
The red arrow shows the location of Antikyra, Koutros.

This species is reported from the Acheloos Delta and its vicinity, Attica, SE Pelloponese and Elaphonisos, but it seems that it has a wider spread. The plants of the pictures were photographed on the location shown by the red arrow on the map.

Campanula andrewsii (?)

Antikyra, Vroulia Castle, April 17, 2012

This is a species of Campanula but I am uncertain if it belongs to the taxa "andrewsii", which is reportedly known only from Pelloponese. This plant may be easily confused with Campanula topaliana ssp. delphica, but it has no velvety grey leaves, nor red stems as is the case with all topaliana ssps.
Any advice will be wellcome!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Orchis quadripunctata


Orchis quadripunctata, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012

Lamium amplexicaule


Lamium amplexicaule, Nea Michaniona, April 7, 2012
Lamium amplexicaule may be easily confused with Lamium purpureum, but only the later has stalked leaves.

Petrorhagia velutina

Petrorhagia velutina, above Aspra Spitia, Corinthian Gulf
April 16, 2012

One of the many trophees collected during the botanical tour with Katerina, on Easter Monday.

Lamium garganicum


Lamium garganicum, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012

Asphodelina lutea




Asphodelina lutea, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012
The last picture is taken above Aspra Spitia, Corinthian Gulf, on April 16, 2012

Orchis italica



Orchis italica, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012

This beutiful Orchis is called in Greek "Satyriskos", meaning small Satyre. Undoubtedly ancient Greeks did n't need much imagination to see such a figure on each flower of the plant.
I only would correct that it is a "winged satyriskos"! :-)

Aubrieta deltoidea

Aubrieta deltoidea, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012

Doronicum columnae


Doronicum columnae, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012

Astragalus spruneri

Astragalus spruneri, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012

Iris attica



Iris attica, Parnitha Mt., April 23, 2012

These beuatiful irises are dedicated to my friend Yannis, who spotted them while driving on Parnitha and he was so kind to stop for me to make pictures. Sometimes I have the impression that my wildflower mania becomes viral!