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Unforgettable things to do … discovering wild flowers on Crete. See news here >.
Images from the 3rd ECOTHEE Conference held at The Orthodox Academy of Crete in September, 2013 in news here >.
Omalos road wreckage
This is the sight that met us when I took two guests from USA into the mountains around the Omalos Plateau in June 2013 in search of the rare, endangered and endemic lizard orchid Himantoglossum samariense.
This is one of only two recently recorded sites where this beautiful orchid could be found on Crete. Obviously, there will be no more orchids of any description here.
It seems that the road up to the plateau is being 'improved' and widened to accommodate more traffic, i.e. coaches.
There are already signs of new building at the head of the Samaria Gorge and we can only speculate on the amount of devastation that will be caused.
In praise of Ophrys: Thomas Sampliner writes about his favourite orchids — click here.
Painting and Photography competition at the PlantaEuropa Conference at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) at Kolymbari in May 2014.
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Flower of the month
This peculiar, compact perennial is often in patches where there is some damp from rocks or shade. The stalked brown- or green-striped flowers may be tucked in under the glossy heart-shaped leaves, or like this one poke through showing the club-like spike of its spadix coming out of the cowl-like hood.
It flowers in the winter and early spring. It’s widespread in much of southern Europe and on Crete; this one was near Spili.
More flowers month by month here.
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Cyclamen graecum — from the Flowers of Crete calendar 2014