Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Cynoglossum creticum (Cretan or Blue houndstongue) has flowers of up to 12mm, pinkish-red or light blue at maturity, with darker veining in the same colours. The thorny fruits were at one time a favourite plathing with children, since they adhese easily to clothing. It is found in rocky locations, olive groves and on the edges of fields.
Derivation of the botanical name: 'Cynoglossum': kynos, "dog," and glossa, "a tongue"; dog's tongue, an allusion to the texture of the leaves of these herbs. 'creticum': from the island of Crete. Despite its name it is not an endemic species !
Image: Lagoli (Crete) - 10/04/2010
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