Clematis elisabethae-carolae

 

 

 

Clematis elisabethae-carolae  - Click to enlarge

Clematis elisabethae-carolae

Clematis elisabethae-carolae  - Click to enlarge

Clematis elisabethae-carolae

Clematis elisabethae-carolae  - Click to enlarge

Clematis elisabethae-carolae

Clematis elisabethae-carolae  - Click to enlarge

Clematis elisabethae-carolae

Clematis elisabethae-carolae is, according to Nicholas Turland (co-author of Flowers of Crete), the rarest flower of Crete. It has only been found in two locations in the White |Mountains.

The flowers grow in deep hollows and crevices in calcareous rocks (as above, photographed in the northern part of the Ammoutsera valley) and have the sweet scent of citrus flowers. Quite a contrast with the extremely harsh landscape surrounding them.

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