Wednesday, 24 March 2010

More Flowers

More today from the world of flowers in Benidorm. Firstly a rather diminutive, white flower which is to be found hugging the ground and scrambling about the stems of other plants. Firstly a member of the Sandwort family with a rather catchy little name of Arenaria montana subsp. intricata.
Another member of the Pea family next - there seem to be so many of them. This one stands about 3ft high and has grey-green, hairy leaves and the brightest yellow flowers. Called, Broom-like Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis cytisoides), it is a common and lovely shrub in these parts.
A couple of pictures of the same plant next. The Mallow-leaved Storksbill (Erodium malacoides) has a delicate little pink flower.
The name Erodium comes from the Greek for Heron and this is because of the seed pods of the plant which are supposed to resemble the Heron's Beak.
Lastly for today, one of the most iconic plants of the Mediterranean. The Pitch Trefoil (Psoralea bituminosa). Another member of the Pea Family, it is supposed to smell strongly of pitch when bruised, although I am yet to notice this particular trait.
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