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Anchusa cespitosa

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 24 February 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Anchusa cespitosa is possibly the most beautiful of the Greek ravine plants. It has very short stems and elongated, hairy leaves, arranged in small rosettes. It has tiny dazzling blue flowers and like almost all the plants growing in the high (and dry) altitudes it needs the hairs on its leaves to collect the little humidity there is at night.

Anchusa cespitosa is a rare endemic flower of the White Mountains in Crete. It generally grows between 1400 and 2200 metres and flowers from April to July. The Cretan shepherds call it blávi which means 'blue'. I wonder how they found that name ... ^^

Image: Gingilios (Crete) - 15/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/1000 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Sharp image with good exposure. Those little flowers are very vibrant, and lovely !

24 Feb 2011 6:56am

@Michael: Thank you very much, Michael. It is a wonderfull plant to see. A lovely touch of color between the naked rocks ...

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Amazing blue!

24 Feb 2011 8:43am

@Marilla: It is indeed, Marilla. It is wonderfull to find these flowers between the rock at high altitude. Greetz !

Canon EOS 400D
1/1000 second
ISO 200
150 mm