Flower of the month | July | Acantholimon androsaceum

Acantholimon androsaceum is another pincushion mountain flower with an impossibly long Latin name. It’s also one of the most beautiful flowering plant that you can see in Crete in summer.
An endemic of Crete, Acantholimon androsaceum is not exactly rare but you won’t find it below 1500m.

Acantholimon androsaceum

Acantholimon androsaceum

Acantholimon androsaceum

Acantholimon androsaceum

The plants remain beautiful after the flowers fall off because they retain diaphanous calyces with dark reddish-brown stripes.

Calyces of Acantholimon androsaceum

Calyces of Acantholimon androsaceum

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