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Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers
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Orchis simia

April flower of the month
Orchis simia
, monkey orchid

Distinguished by the curved purple tips of its petals, writes Julia Jones, this beautiful orchid can be difficult to find in the east of the island. Growing in clearings in the pine forest, it blooms amongst a carpet of dead pine needles. Such a surprising find.

It is more common in central and western Crete, where it can also be found on grassy meadows, growing in profusion.

I am lucky enough to visit two orchid hotspots fairly regularly, adds Chris Durdin, FoC's website manager, namely Crete and the Dordogne in France. Only two orchid species occur in both: one is the widespread bee orchid Ophrys apifera.

The other is monkey orchid. and I find them tricky to find in both places. These (right) were photographed in April 2017 above Kotsiphou Gorge near Plakias.


Flowers of Crete holidays and courses for 2018

Holidays for 2018 with Flowers of Crete are now available.

These include flower-finding in March, late orchids in May and autumn bulbs in November.

More information about our trips on our holidays page.


News

Oliver Rackham 'commemorative symposium': to celebrate the life of landscape historian and author of The Making of the Cretan Landscape, who died last year, there was a commemorative symposium in the UK (Cambridge) in August 2016. More in news.

Bellevalia juliana: a new flower for Crete, named after Flowers of Crete founder, Julia Jones. More in news. Photoset of Bellevalia juliana by Stephen Lenton on Facebook here.

Cretan fritillary is an endemic subspecies found only on the island, according to research at the University of Patras. See news here >

Conserving the Cretan Lizard Orchid. Himantoglossum samariense (right) is one of Crete's most elusive and threatened plants. Julia Jones from Flowers of Crete describes recent efforts to find and protect it - read the full story here.

Himantoglossum samariense

Getting started with Crete's wonderful flowers

With some 1700 species of flowers native to Crete, of which 10 per cent are endemic, you may wonder where to start. One way is to click on the photos below. You can find out what these flowers are, and see our Flowers of Crete introductory web pages ...

Ten common flowers of Crete

Phlomis fructicosa

Ten Cretan orchids

Ophrys cretica ssp ariadnae


Ten rare plants of Crete

Crocus sieberi


Flower books for Crete

Fielding & Turland


Saving the Cretan Palm

The Cretan palm Phoenix theophrastii is found only on the coast of Crete and south-western Turkey, and on Crete is best known from Vai and Préveli.

The red palm weevil, sadly sometimes imported on cultivated palm species, is a serious threat to the near-endemic Cretan palm and every effort needs to be taken to try to stop its progress.

red palm weevil

Phoenix theophrastii at Préveli

You can help by keeping an eye out of the weevil and its grubs and reporting news to Flowers of Crete. More here.


 

 
 

 

 
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