Friday, 20 April 2018

Ornithopus sativus ssp isthmorcarpus


Ornithopus sativus ssp isthmorcarpus Common Bird's foot

This pretty little plant spreads from 10-60cms along the ground on sandy soil. It is native to southern Iberia and north Africa. It flowers from March to April. Photographed at El Rocio, province of Huelva, Doñana.



Monday, 9 April 2018

Corrigiola litoralis

Corrigiola litoralis Strapwort

A new species for me found in El Rocio, Coto de Doñana, and it is native to Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. It has been introduced to Australia and north America. This delicate little plant spreads from 10-30cm and flowers from March to June, on the edges of water.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Ruta angustifolia


Ruta angustifolia Narrow-leaved Rue

Ruda 

I believe I am correct in the identification. This sub-shrub can grow from 20-80cms tall and is native to the Mediterranean and SW Asia. It can be used as an insect repellent and anti-spasmodic. It must not be applied to the skin during sunlight hours as the oils may cause blistering. if used medicinally.  The leaves have a grey-blue tinge and it flowers from April to July.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Tuberaria macrosepala

Tuberaria macrosepala Annual Sunrose

I had mistakenly thought that this was another species of Tuberaria and did not take any macro photos. It is native to SW Iberia and north Africa and flowers from April to June. The photograph was taken at Doñana Parque Natural. It thrives on sandy, acid soils and grows to an height of 5-35cms. 




Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Mercurialis annua

Mercurialis annua Annual Mercury

This annual herb grows from 10-70cm tall and is found in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East but is now found on several continents due to introduction. It has a difficult sexuality and is popular for sientific study. The male flowers are spiked in a cluster from the leaf axils and the female flowers are at the base of the leaf axils. It flowers from March to May, The fruit is a bristly capsule.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Anthemis arvensis



Anthemis arvensis Corn or Scentless Chamomile

Manzanilla silvestre

I believe that I have identified this correctly, please correct me if I am wrong. It starts flowering in southern Spain in January and is present in the whole of Europe, North Africa and west Asia. It grows to an height of 10-30cms. and is an annual plant reseeding itself every year.



Sunday, 7 January 2018


A friend suggested that I update my blog by posting photographs of what is actually in flower at the time on my visits to Spain. At the moment we are experiencing a cold spell with snow on the mountains above 700m. I believe that for the past three weeks it has been very sunny and mild but now there has been a few rainy days to start filling the much depleted reservoirs. There is actually some lush green grass in places too with olive groves completely yellow with carpets of the Field marigold. The drought was becoming very serious but in this part of Spain things are beginning to improve slightly. In flower at the moment are the lovely deep blue Iris planifolia, Broad leaved Iris and the Field marigold Calendula arvensis. We are hoping to go looking for Narcissus papyraceus, Paperwhite Narcissus and Himantoglossum  robertianum, Giant orchid one day soon. 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Cynoglossum clandestinum



Cynoglossum clandestinum  Hound's Tongue

This plant is unusual because the flower buds never open. They remain closed and are covered in many hairs. It can grow from 30-50cms tall and flowers from February to May. I hope that I have identified it correctly.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Cynara baetica ssp baetica




Cynara baetica ssp baetica 

Alcachofa blanca

At last, after years of looking I have found this Andaluz endemic, classed as Vulnerable in the Red List of Andalusia. It flowers from June to August and it grows to an height of 80cms. It grows at an altitude of 800-1,600m.  it is found on grassy pastures in the mountains of Andalusia.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Volutaria muricata



Volutaria muricata Morocco Knapweed


I found this new Knapweed near to Málaga airport. It is native of southern Spain and Morocco. The flowers are 2-3ins across (5-7.5cms) and it can grown to an height of 70 cms. It is an annual and flowers from March to June.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Silene for id


Silene for id Campion

This tiny Silene is found growing in one specific area of Grazalema. I have been unable to identify it for two years and no one seems to know what it is. The flower was very tiny, approx. 10mm but it was on a long stem at 25-30cms. It is found growing near Pinsapo trees and amongst Cistus albidus. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Filago lusitanica


Filago lusitanica  Cudweed

This unusual small plant grows low to the ground and can grow from 2-5cms. It flowers from February to May and is native to the Sierras of Spain, SE Portugal and NE Africa. Its common name "Cudweed" comes from the fact that it was once fed to cows that had lost their ability to chew; hence, chewing the cud.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Convolvulus tricolor


Convolvulus tricolor Dwarf Morning Glory

This beautiful Convolvulus is native to the Mediterranean Basin and flowers from March to May. It can spread to 1 metre and is found in southern Spain near to the coast.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Cachrys sicula


Cachrys sicula 

This unusual perennial herb is native to the Iberian Peninsula and grows from an height of 30cm-1.50m. It flowers from April to June and is very striking when seen in swathes on hillsides. The umbels compose of 8-15 spokes.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Saxifraga for id



Saxifraga for id Saxifrage

I am not sure what this Saxifrage is. It is found flowering at Llanos de Libar from March to April, which rules out the endemic S. bourgeana, which flowers in May and June. This is growing in damp rocks and grows to an height of 20cms.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Lepidium or Cardaria draba


Lepidium or Cardaria draba  Hoary Cress

Draba

This perennial is native to Europe and western Asia. It has been introduced in other continents now and is classed as invasive. It grows from an height of 10-88cms tall and grows in dry soils, though this was found on a river bank. It can grow from an altitude 0-1,500m.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Anthericum baeticum

Anthericum baeticum St. Bernard's Lily

This lovely delicate flower is the smallest of the Anthericum, and is native to Spain, Portugal and North Africa. It normally flowers from May but I found this on March 14th, and can be found up until July. It grows from an height of 5-30cms.


Friday, 17 March 2017

Punica granatum

Punica granatum Pomegranate

Granado

This fruit bearing tree originated in Iran and has been widely cultivated in the Mediterranean, north India and the Americas. It occasionally seeds itself and can be found growing in the wild in warm climes. It flowers from March to May and fruits in the autumn. The fruit are full of many beneficial natural nutrients. The tree or shrub can grow from 4-10m tall.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Galega officinalis

Galega officinalis Goat's Rue

Galega

It is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing from 70-100cms in height. It flowers from March to June. It is native to central and southern Europe, Asia minor and Iran. It is found next to streams, damp fields and ditches.  It has beautiful lilac-pink flowers. it used to be cultivated widely as a forage plant but was found to be too toxic.


Cerinthe major ssp gymnandra

Cerinthe major ssp gymnandra Honeywort

Ceriflor

This lovely plant is native of the Iberian Peninsula and Menorca and flowers from February to May. It grows from 20-50cms tall and is found on verges and among pine forests, preferring sandy soil. The leaves are a greenish-blue which is not obvious in this photograph.