Family and Genus:- See- FUMARIACEAE       

Common Names:- None

Homotypic Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Fumaria (L) Smoke.
                  Petteri (L) Named after Franz Petter (1798-1858), an Austrian botanist
who worked on the flora of Dalmatia.

General description:- Glabrous annual.

1) Erect to diffuse, usually much branched from the base with crowded lower

1) Ultimate leaf lobes, oblong.
2) Leaflets less than 1.5 mm broad.

1) Racemes, shortly pedunculate subsessile, usually 15-20-flowered, rather dense.
2) Bracts, equalling the arcuate-recurved to almost straight, thickened fruiting
3) Sepals, large (3-4 x 2-3 mm), ovate, entire to dentate.
4) Corolla,10-15 mm, pink, wings of the upper petal and apex of the inner dark
    purple; Lower petal with a very narrow, erect margin.

1) Ovoid, c. 2.2 x 1.9 mm, slightly rugulose.

Key features:-
1) Leaflets, less than 1.5 mm broad.
2) Fruit, ovoid, c. 2.2 x 1.9 mm, slightly rugulose.
3) Bracts, longer than the pedicels.
4) Fruiting pedicels, usually slightly arcuate.
5) Corolla, 10-15 mm.

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Habitat:- Cultivated and fallow fields, olive groves, road embankments and ruderal
habitats. Sometime abundant after fire in scrubland vegetation or coniferous
woodland 0-700(-1300) m.

Distribution:- Scattered throughout Greece, E Mediterranean reagion, casual in
Italy and S France. Rare on Crete currently known from only four very scattered

Flowering time:- Mar to mid-June.

Photos by:- Fotis Samaritakis