Sunday, 23 September 2012
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Monday, 16 July 2012
Drimia maritima Sea squill
Cebolla marinoGrows from sea-level to 1,300m. The green leaves appear after the flowers and remain all winter and spring. It flowers from August to October. It is very poisonous and it has been used as a heart stimulant and diuretic in the past. It can be mistaken for an Asphodelus. These plants are just starting to flower now. 3.9.2015.
Scilla peruviana Portuguese squill
This beautiful flower is native to the southern Iberian peninsula, Italy and NW Africa. It flowers from February to May. It was always thought that it came from Peru, but actually the bulbs arrived centuries ago on a ship named Peru! The leaves are linear, 1`4cm wide and 20¬40cms long, and the flowering stem is 15¬40cms tall. They appear to be fairly solitary plants.
Varita de San Jose
This lovely spring bulb is native to the Mediterranean Basin, Turkey, and NW Iran. It grows to a height of 50cms tall and flowers from April to June. It is also called the Narbonne Star of Bethlehem, after the town in France. It is a herbaceous perennial.
Gagea species. Yellow Star of Bethlehem
There are several species of Gagea in southern Spain, and it is very difficult to identify them from each other. The seed is needed for an actual id. They flower from March to June and are found all over Europe and Asia. They are quite small, from 10¬15cms tall.
Fritillaria hispanica Snake's head fritillary
This beautiful Fritillary is native to the SW Iberian peninsula and is found flowering from February to May. It grows from 20¬50cms tall and is found in small colonies at an altitude of 500¬2,000m. It is found on rocky dry slopes and sometimes amongst Cork woods.
Allium triquetum Three-cornered leek or Wild garlic
Lágrimas de la virgen
Lágrimas de la virgen
This Allium flowers from November to May and grows from 20-60cms tall. It is native to the Mediterranean basin and gives off a strong smell of onion. All parts of the plant, when fresh, are edible. It has been introduced into the UK and other countries.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Armeria villosa ssp villosa
This rare, endemic plant flowers from May~July and is found in the mountains of Tolox and Sierra de las Nieves. It can grow to an height of 35cms and this was photographed at Sierra de las Nieves. The identification was confirmed by a local botanist. It grows at an altitude of between 1,400~1,800 metres.
Red list of Andalucia In danger of extinction