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Jean
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Flower report, October 10th, Anopoli and Ag. Ioannis

by Jean » 11 Oct 2018, 15:45

As mentioned in the previous posting, we found large areas of the purple Colchicum macrophyllum just by the side of the road in Anopoli. Growing amongst them were lupin leaves that have just germinated – you can still see the seeds below many of them.

Colchicum macrophyllum.jpg
lupin leaves.jpg


On our walk from Alonia in Ag. Ioannis down to Kakoporos, we were delighted to find large patches of flowers which we don’t remember seeing other years in October – the recent rain must have brought them out. The small yellow flowers with distinctive leaves look like some type of ranunculus, but they don’t match anything in my flower book that blooms this time of year (and I’m an amateur at identifying flowers in any case). In amongst them, as well as in large areas on their own, the delicate purple autumn squill (Scilla autumnalis) are in bloom.

ranunculus with autumn squills.jpg


Further on we saw two fresh Friar’s cowls (Arusaryn vulgare) on top of a rock, and a single small colchicum (maybe C. cretense, but it shouldn’t be blooming yet!) in a rock crevice.

Arisarum vulgare.jpg
Colchicum cretense.jpg


Next we started finding a lot of the bright yellow sternbergia (they resemble crocus). Near the bottom of the path, we were very happy to discover a few of the delicate and fragrant tiny autumn narcissus (N. serotinus).

sternbergia.jpg
Narcissus serotinus.jpg


There are many clumps of new thin leaves shooting out of bulbs, and they probably are the beginnings of the yellow asphodels that bloom in the spring (Asphodeline lutea).

yellow asphodel leaves.jpg

Jean
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Re: Flower report, October 10th, Anopoli and Ag. Ioannis

by Jean » 17 Oct 2018, 05:20

A botanist friend of Jean Bienvenu's has identified the ranunculus as R. bullatus - the flower can have between 5-12 petals.

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