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Web pages to help learn about flowers
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Ten common flowers of Crete

Ten Cretan orchids

Ten rare plants of Crete

Flower books for Crete
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For plant identification help try Cretan flora.
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Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers
and promotes their conservation.


Flowers of Crete holidays and courses for 2019

Holidays for 2019 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.


Sternbergia sicula

November flower of the month
Sternbergia sicula

Flowering from low to mid-altitudes, this bright little flower is found east of Hania, in great numbers. One of the first of the Autumn bulbs to bloom, its cheerful little flowers can be very variable.  The flowers appear before the leaves. S. sicula is probably the commonest of the species on Crete, but it is welcome and beautiful nevertheless.  It can be confused with the endemic S. greuteriania, but this can be recognised by the fact that the leaves appear with the flowers.

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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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