Flowers of Crete encourages interest in Crete's wild flowers
and promotes their conservation.
Flower of the month - October 2017
Biarum tenuifolium ssp zelborii
Known only from two confirmed sites on Crete, this very rare biarum grows north of Neapoli in the rubble of a gorge bed at around 200 m. The strange spathes appear before the leaves, growing directly from the parched soil.
This photograph, taken by Flowers of Crete supporter Anna Meurling, was taken on the far east coast. These biarums are small members, around 12 cms high, of the Aracea family, so a sharp eye is needed to spot them.
Please report any possible sightings, with a photograph if possible.
Flowers of Crete holidays and courses
Coming up later this year: autumn bulbs finding trips 2017.
A chance to find wild cyclamen, crocus, sternbergia, narcissus, colchicum, scilla and much, much more!
7th - 14th November or 14th - 21st November
More details here.
More information about our trips on our holidays page.
Oliver Rackham 'commemorative symposium': to celebrate the life of landscape historian
and author of The Making of the Cretan Landscape, who died last year, there was a commemorative symposium in the UK (Cambridge) in August 2016. More in news.
Bellevalia juliana: a new flower for Crete, named after Flowers of Crete founder, Julia Jones. More in news. Photoset of Bellevalia juliana by Stephen Lenton on Facebook here.
Cretan fritillary is an endemic subspecies found only on the island, according to research at the University of Patras. See news here >
Conserving the Cretan Lizard Orchid. Himantoglossum
samariense (right) is one of Crete's most elusive and threatened plants. Julia Jones from Flowers of Crete describes recent efforts to find and protect it - read the full story here.
Getting started with Crete's wonderful flowers
With some 1700 species of flowers native to Crete, of which 10 per cent are endemic, you may wonder where to start. One way is to click on the photos below. You can find out what these flowers are, and see our Flowers of Crete introductory web pages ...
Saving the Cretan Palm
The Cretan palm Phoenix theophrastii is found only on the coast of Crete and south-western Turkey, and on Crete is best known from Vai and Préveli.
The red palm weevil, sadly sometimes imported on cultivated palm species, is a serious threat to the near-endemic Cretan palm and every effort needs to be taken to try to stop its progress.
You can help by keeping an eye out of the weevil and its grubs and reporting news to Flowers of Crete.