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

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nepenthes fusca x burbidgeae

Maliau basin, Borneo, August 9, 2006

This is one of the many natural Nepenthes hybrids we encountered with my friend George in Maliau basin, during our week-long walk through the rainforest. It probably stems from Nepenthes fusca and Nepenthes burbidgeae, but I am not sure; any help?

Muscari commutatum

Antikyra, Corinthian gulf, Mars 13, 2010

Myosotis scorpioides

Olšany, Prague, Czech Republic, May 8, 2010

Medinilla speciosa

Kinabalu Mt., Borneo, August 5, 2006

Malva sylvestris

Acropolis North slope, Athens, April 26, 2009

Malva moschata

Camariñas, Gallicia, Spain, August 10, 2009

Malcolmia macrocalyx ssp. scyria

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.

Mathiola sinuata

Analipsi beach Pelion, Thessaly, Mars 26, 2006

Lupinus bicolor

Paradise creek, Sierra Nevada, CA, USA, April 7, 2010

Lupinus albifrons var. collinus

Kern, CA, USA, April 6, 2010

Lupinus pilosus

Palaiopolis, Andros island, Mars 8, 2008

Lobelia deckenii ssp. kilimanjari

Kilimanjaro Mt., Mars 4, 2009

Layia platyglossa

Paradise creek, Sierra Nevada, CA, USA, April 7, 2010

Lavatera cretica

Acropolis North slope, Athens, Arpil 26. 3009

Lavandula stoechas

Agios Petros tower, Andros island, Greece, Mars 10, 2008

Lavandula angustifolia

Bratya Daskalovi, central Bulgaria, June 22, 2009

Lasthenia californica (golden fields)

Lake Isabella, CA, USA, April 7, 2010

Larrea tridentata

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. 

Lamium purpureum

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!

Lamium album

Acropolis North slope, April 24, 2009