Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Ebenus cretica (Cretan Ebony) is a species of perennial flowering plant in the Fabaceae family, native to Crete. Despite its name, this impressive shrub which is endemic to Crete bears no relation to the tropical tree of the same name. It is a chasmophyte (the term used for a plant that has become specialized to grow in cliffs) but will also be found on ungrazed hillsides, preferably steep hills. It flowers from late March to June. The leaves usually consist of three elongated ovate, hary leaflets; more rarely there are five. The pink flowers have eyelash-like, hairy bracts at their base and form pyramidal spikes.
Image: Lagoli (Crete) - 10/04/2010
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