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Centaurium maritimum - this is the first year that I have photographed this little plant. Despite its name it grows at many levels. This one was spotted high in the mountains.

Convolvulus - Hedge Bindweed - common throughout the island and a nuisance to farmers, the flowers are, nevertheless, very pretty. This bindweed is often cultivated to climb over fences.

Coronilla globosa - again this was the first year I found this amazingly beautiful flower, which is endemic to Crete. This specimen was found, with many others in a gorge in eastern Crete.

Crepis - I find the Crepis family very difficult to identify correctly. So if anyone can help me with this I would be very grateful!

Dacus carota - The Wild Carrot - this large headed Umbelliferae is easily recognised by its single dark red central petal. This plant is the forefather of the cultivated carrot.

Dracunculus vulgaris - The Dragon Arum - recognised all over Crete, this large, architectural arum is spectacular. The flowers, however, exude the most potent of smells - like rotting meat, to attract flies, which are then unable to escape and are dissolved by the plants juices. Nevertheless, a fascinating plant, which can occasionally be found with a white spathe.

Ebenus creticus - Cretan Ebony - despite its name this shrub has no
connection with the exotic, hardwood tree (Ebony). Cretan Ebony is endemic to Crete. In years gone by, this shrub was the source of laudanum – a gum which was collected from the bushes with the use of a leather flail.

Ebenus creticus - Cretan Ebony - high on a rocky outcrop, the Cretan ebony bush looks wonderful against the bright blue sky. The soft, downy seed heads of this shrub were once used to stuff pillows and mattresses.

Lonicera etrusca - Honeysuckle - very similar to the sweet scented honeysuckle found growing in the UK, this shrub can be found in roadside hedgerows and has the same delightful scent.

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