Cistus creticus - Pink rockrose

 

 

 

Cistus creticus - click to enlarge

Cistus creticus

Cistus creticus - click to enlarge

Cistus creticus

Cistus creticus - detail - click to enlarge

A beetle in a Cistus creticus

A beetle in a Cistus creticus - click to enlarge

A bee in a Cistus creticus

Bees in Cistus creticus - click to enlarge

Bees in Cistus creticus

Cistus creticus (Cistus incanus subsp. creticus) is widespread in open woodland, maquis and phrygana from sea level up to 1300 metres.  This evergreen shrub can reach up to 1m in height and is easily recognized by its large pink-purple flowers. Despite its 'creticus' name it is not an endemic flower.

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