Urginea maritima - Charybdis maritima - Sea squill

 

 

Urginea maritima - Sea squill  - click to enlarge

Sea squill (Urginea maritima) high above the gorge of Samaria

Urginea maritima - Sea squill - click to enlarge

Budding sea squill

Urginea maritima - Sea squill

Budding sea squill

Urginea maritima in winter - Click to enlarge

Leaves of Urginea maritima in winter

Sea squill in the bay of Agios Pavlos - Click to enlarge

Sea squill in the bay of Agios Pavlos

Two sea squills - Click to enlarge

Two sea squills embracing

Detail - Click to enlarge

Detail

Urginea maritima - Sea squill

Sea squill

Urginea maritima - Sea squill

Sea squill

The Sea Squill (Urginea Maritima or Charybdis maritima) is a common autumn flower which despite its name is found all the way from sea level to mountain zones in phrygana, forests and olive groves.

The tall (sometimes well over a meter) flower sprouts from a large bulb. The tall fleshy leaves grow out of the bulb in the winter (see the 4th photo from the top) but dry out in the spring. By the time the flower comes out they have generally completely disappeared.

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