Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Gynandriris monophylla is undoubtedly the smallest of the irises with a perianth which does not exceed 2cm. The flowers are usually light blue or violet, the three external parts with a yellow fleck surrounded by white. There is only one leaf - hence the name; the latter is dart-shaped with a lenght which can reach to 30cm. The plants can be found in stony locations and phrygana. The name of the genus originates from the Greek word "gyna' and 'andras' ('woman and man'), and refers to the reproductive organs of the plant - the style and stamens - which are joined.
Image: Agios Pavlos (Crete) - 09/04/2010
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