Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Analipsi beach, Pelion, Thessaly, Mars 26, 2006
This particular subspecies of Malcolmia is reported only from the island of Scyros and the central part of Euboea, West of Kyme (brown areas on the map). I found it however on the rocks surrounding the beach of Analipsi, North of Chorefto, on the foothills of Mt. Pelion (red arrow on the map). It seems then that this rare taxa, endemic to the western Aegean geobotanical zone, has a wider spreading than supposed until now.
Death Valley, CA, USA, April 5, 2010
It was a beautiful April afternoon when crossing the Death Valley with my friend George, we stopped at a spot to make pictures of the distant sand dunes. A few meters from the road I found however several Larea bushes, which attracted my atention much more than the dunes. For George this was strange enough to record it with his camera, and here it is one of the rare pictures of myself shooting flowers.
First picture Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6, 2009;
second to fourth pictures Peplos and Feres, Thrace, Mars 28, 2012.
Lamium purpureum may be easily confused with Lamium amplexicaule, but only the former has stalked leaves. The last picture was taken just behind the 12th century Byzantine church of Cosmosoteira, in Feres, during a visit with my friends Yuli Z. and Kleopatra F. A must-see if you visit the area!