Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Asphodelus aestivus (Common or Summer asphodel) is native to many of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and is the most common of the asphodels on the Cretan island. The stem is hollow and branching at the tip and the leaves are elongated and triangular, all concentrated at the base of the stem. The flowers have white tepals with russet veining in the centre and are in terminal racemes. To adapt to the fluctuating Mediterranean climate with periods of seasonal drought, Asphodelus aestivus has adopted the geophyte strategy, i.e., it has an enlarged underground storage organ for carbohydrates, nutrients and water. Even when the surrounding soil has a moisture content approaching zero, the tuber is able to maintain approximately 60% water content.
Image: Spili (Crete) - 08/04/2010
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