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Web pages to help learn about flowers
on Crete:

Ten common flowers of Crete

Ten Cretan orchids

Ten rare plants of Crete

Flower books for Crete

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Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers
and promotes their conservation.

Flower of the month
October 2016
Colchicum macrophyllum

Usually found in the west of Crete, there are just a handful of places where it has been recorded in the east.  A stunningly beautiful colchicum which blooms before any of its glossy, broad green leaves.

In English the autumn crocus has many names: Son before the Father, Naked boys, naked ladies, among many more regional variations. The chequerboard pattern on the petals is reminiscent of a fritillary, but in the case of this blossom, its palette is purple and pink, instead of the more muted greens and brown of the latter.

Colchicum macrophyllum
More flowers month by month here.

Flowers of Crete holidays and courses

Flowers of Crete Flower Finding Trip with John Fielding, 4 -11 April 2017 and other information about trips on our holidays page. Food Foraging and Discovery Trips and a botanic art workshop with Julia Jones in October 2016 are on our specialist holidays page.


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 start 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

Flowers on Facebook

Julia Jones from Flowers of Crete took up a Facebook challenge to post a flower photo every day for a week, choosing endemic flowers of Crete (naturally!). You can either go straight to our Facebook here, or see the individual posts on the following links:

Day 7 - Himantoglossum samariense Cretan lizard orchid
Day 6 - Fritillaria messanensis ssp sphaciotica

Day 5 - Viola cretica
Day 4 - Ebenus creticus
Day 3 - Tulipa cretica
Day 2 - Orchis papillionacea ssp alibertis a white form of the endemic butterfly orchid
Day 1 - Paeonia clusii ssp clusii

Following Julia's seven flowers, Fotis Samaritakis is also posting a flower a day. Also 'Winter Flowers of Hania' is a photoset by Fotis to enjoy on Flowers of Crete's Facebook page.

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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