Sunday, 12 August 2018
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Ricinus communis Castor oil plant
This attractive plant can grow as high as 5 metres tall. It was native to SE Mediterranean, East Africa and India but has now naturalised in many warm climates. It had largish, glossy green leaves, often tinged red and flowers from April to September. It can cause severe allergies, especially Asthma and also allergic reactions to anyone allergic to Ricinus could develop skin rashes. The fruit, bean-like structures are highly poisonous and could cause death in large quantities. Castor oil is a lubricant for motors.
Sunday, 6 May 2018
Monday, 23 April 2018
Cydonia oblonga Quince
This 2-4 metre tall shrub originated in SW Asia, Turkey and north Iran to Afghanistan, but is now naturalised in Spain. The large Quince fruits are very popular in cooking, making jams, and lots of other different foodstuffs including desserts. It is cultivated in many countries. It flowers from March to May. It is hardy and drought tolerant but needs hot summers to ripen the fruit.
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Linaria viscosa Toadflax
This pretty Toadflax is endemic to the SW of Spain. It was found at El Rocio, Huelva province, on 2.4.2018. It can grow to an height of 60cms and prefers sandy, dry soil. It flowers from April to June. There is some discussion going on about this Linaria, so I can't be 100% sure it is the correct name.
Friday, 20 April 2018
Monday, 9 April 2018
Corrigiola litoralis Strapwort
A new species for me found in El Rocio, Coto de Doñana, and it is native to Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. It has been introduced to Australia and north America. This delicate little plant spreads from 10-30cm and flowers from March to June, on the edges of water.
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Ruta angustifolia Narrow-leaved Rue
I believe I am correct in the identification. This sub-shrub can grow from 20-80cms tall and is native to the Mediterranean and SW Asia. It can be used as an insect repellent and anti-spasmodic. It must not be applied to the skin during sunlight hours as the oils may cause blistering. if used medicinally. The leaves have a grey-blue tinge and it flowers from April to July.
Friday, 9 March 2018
Tuberaria macrosepala Annual Sunrose
I had mistakenly thought that this was another species of Tuberaria and did not take any macro photos. It is native to SW Iberia and north Africa and flowers from April to June. The photograph was taken at Doñana Parque Natural. It thrives on sandy, acid soils and grows to an height of 5-35cms.
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Mercurialis annua Annual Mercury
This annual herb grows from 10-70cm tall and is found in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East but is now found on several continents due to introduction. It has a difficult sexuality and is popular for sientific study. The male flowers are spiked in a cluster from the leaf axils and the female flowers are at the base of the leaf axils. It flowers from March to May, The fruit is a bristly capsule.
Sunday, 4 February 2018
Anthemis arvensis Corn or Scentless Chamomile
I believe that I have identified this correctly, please correct me if I am wrong. It starts flowering in southern Spain in January and is present in the whole of Europe, North Africa and west Asia. It grows to an height of 10-30cms. and is an annual plant reseeding itself every year.
Sunday, 7 January 2018
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Cynara baetica ssp baetica
At last, after years of looking I have found this Andaluz endemic, classed as Vulnerable in the Red List of Andalusia. It flowers from June to August and it grows to an height of 80cms. It grows at an altitude of 800-1,600m. it is found on grassy pastures in the mountains of Andalusia.
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Silene for id Campion
This tiny Silene is found growing in one specific area of Grazalema. I have been unable to identify it for two years and no one seems to know what it is. The flower was very tiny, approx. 10mm but it was on a long stem at 25-30cms. It is found growing near Pinsapo trees and amongst Cistus albidus. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Filago lusitanica Cudweed
This unusual small plant grows low to the ground and can grow from 2-5cms. It flowers from February to May and is native to the Sierras of Spain, SE Portugal and NE Africa. Its common name "Cudweed" comes from the fact that it was once fed to cows that had lost their ability to chew; hence, chewing the cud.