Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Friday, 17 March 2017
Punica granatum Pomegranate
This fruit bearing tree originated in Iran and has been widely cultivated in the Mediterranean, north India and the Americas. It occasionally seeds itself and can be found growing in the wild in warm climes. It flowers from March to May and fruits in the autumn. The fruit are full of many beneficial natural nutrients. The tree or shrub can grow from 4-10m tall.
Monday, 13 March 2017
Galega officinalis Goat's Rue
It is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing from 70-100cms in height. It flowers from March to June. It is native to central and southern Europe, Asia minor and Iran. It is found next to streams, damp fields and ditches. It has beautiful lilac-pink flowers. it used to be cultivated widely as a forage plant but was found to be too toxic.
Cerithe major ssp gymnandra Honeywort
This lovely plant is native of the Iberian Peninsula and Menorca and flowers from February to May. It grows from 20-50cms tall and is found on verges and among pine forests, preferring sandy soil. The leaves are a greenish-blue which is not obvious in this photograph.
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Iberis carnosa Candytuft
This beautiful little Iberis flowers from April to June. It is pale pink fading to white as the flower gets older. It is found above altitudes of 800m usually on limestone. It is found in the Mediterranean. I am not 100% sure that I have id'd it correctly, as it could be a subspecie.
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Oxalis corniculata Creeping woodsorrel
This common plant is worldwide and it's origins are unknown. It can be invasive. The leaves are edible and taste of lemons. The whole plant is rich in Vitamin C but must be taken sparingly as a drink. The seeds are explosive, hence it's invasive properties.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Lotus ornithopodioides Common Birdsfoot trefoil
This common plant is native to the Mediterranean and is found on dry pastures, flowering from March to June. It can grow from 10-40cms tall. The position of the flowers are thought to resemble a bird's claw. I hope that I have id'd this correctly.
Monday, 6 February 2017
Sunday, 5 February 2017
This beautiful plant can be found in small groups or in large swathes in orchards, verges or fields. It is native to the Mediterranean and can grow to an height of 40cms. It flowers any time from January to June. It is unusual to find a white form. The stem has fine, silky hairs. It produces tiny brown seeds.
Friday, 3 February 2017
Friday, 27 January 2017
Narcissus assoanus ssp assoanus Rush leaved Jonquil
This tiny Narcissus was found at Sierra de las Nieves 1.4.2016. Thank you to Fernando Ureña Plaza for the identification. It can grow up to an height of 15cms (6ins) and flowers in March and April. It is found in rocks or pastures in NW Mediterranean. You can see it's size by the euro in the bottom photograph.
Friday, 28 October 2016
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Polygonum persicaria Cockscomb
This plant is very common in humid, damp areas and is native to Europe and Asia. It can grow as tall as 80cms and flowers from July to November. It's leaves contain tannins and are effective against diarrhoea. The leaves can also be used in salads, as well as applying to the skin for sores and skin ulcers. They contain a yellow dye when infused.
Monday, 17 October 2016
Limbarda crithmoides Golden samphire
This plant was originally called Inula crithmoides and is a coastal, perennial, plant found on salt marshes or sea cliffs and can grow to a metre in height. The flowers are self-pollinating and the young leaves, rich in iodine, can be used as a vegetable. They can be eaten raw or cooked. It flowers from May to December. It is native to western and southern Europe, and the Mediterranean.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Rumex crispus Curly dock
I think I have identified this correctly, but I am not 100% certain. This pretty dock is native to Europe and west Asia, though it has now naturalised on other continents and classed as a pest. The curly leaves contain oxalic acid and have been used as a green vegetable, but have to be boiled many times to dilute the oxalic acid, which may cause kidney stones. The leaves are used on the skin to relieve irritation and rashes. The leaves also contain Vitamins A and C.
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Orobanche ramosa Hemp broomrape
This parasitic broomrape can be a pest on a vegetable plot or in agricultural fields. It is native to central and SW Europe and grow from 10 to 35cms tall. It is found among several cultivated plants, eg tomatoes, peas, sunflowers, aubergines and peppers. It has a thick root from which several slender stems grow. Being parasitic it feeds off the nutrients of its host and lacks leaves and chlorophyll.