Cephalanthera longifolia (Long- or Sword-leaved cephalanthera) is a very rare species on Crete, appearing only on a few places in the center and the West of the island. It is more a species from temperate and sub-mediterranean zones from Europe and Asia. Normally it grows in shaded places in woodland consisting of chestnut and Quercus pubescens, but we found it in a place without trees ... The flower is purely white with a gentle yellow touch at the epichile. I won't be surprised if many people again see some bird-resemblance ...
Kandanos (Crete - Greece) - 14/04/2010
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