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Ebenus cretica

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

The color is just amazing. Has the weather gotten a little better yet allowing you to get out? I have a bit but things are quite plain right now. Soon though it all will bloom.

9 Mar 2011 5:38am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige bloem, mooi van kleur

9 Mar 2011 10:20am

tulip from kerman, Iran

nice photo

9 Mar 2011 4:33pm

Ehlehminee from Los Angeles, California, United States

I love the beautiful coloring and texture of this flower!

10 Mar 2011 4:24am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

discovering new flowers !

10 Mar 2011 9:40am

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm