Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Silene colorata is one of the 27 species of Silene in Crete. The plant prefers sandy and stony beaches where it often forms a beautiful pink carpet. It has trailing or erect stems and small, lanceolate leaves. The tiny flowers (the petals are only 5 to 8mm long) are on stalks and arranged in a loose spike. The calyx is cylindrical, swollen at the tip with russet-coloured stripes. The petals are pink, divided into two deep lobes. Look a little closer and each flower is very impressive, tiny and perfect !
Image: Agios Pavlos (Crete) - 09/04/2010
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