Common Name:- None

Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Campanula (L) Bell-like.
                  Pelviformis (L) Shallowly cupped, shaped like a shallow bowl.

General description:- Perennial herbs, usually with white latex when cut.

   a) 20-30 cm.
   b) ascending, simple or somewhat branched.
   c) with stiff bristly hairs (hispid).

   a) generally alternate.
1) Basal:
   a) c. 20 cm, not laciniata.
   b) ovate, pointed (acute), hispid.
   c) margins, with rounded teeth (crenate), stalked (petiolate).
2) Cauline:
   a) similar but stalkless (sessile).

   a) often large and showy.
   b) borne in heads.
1) Corolla:
   a) about 30 mm. long.
   b) broadly bell-shaped (campanulate). swollen in the middle (ventricose).
   c) blue-violet-coloured, occasionally white.
2) Calyx-teeth:
   a) oblong-ovate, narrowing gradually to a point (acuminate).
   b) 3 times as long as the ovary.
   c) appendages, ovate-orbicular, almost as long as the teeth, deflexed.
3) Sepals:
   a) oblong-ovate. 3 times longer than the ovary.

Fruit:- A capsule.

Key features:-
1) Basal leaves c. 20 cm, not cut into slender lobes (laciniata).
2) Corolla broadly tubular-campanulate to campanulate.
3) Stems ascending, simple or sparsely branched.
4) Stigmas 5.
5) Ovary 5-locular.

Habitat:- Rock ledges, rocky slopes, stony places in dry streambeds, road
embankents, stone walls in villages. 0-850(-1100) m.

Distribution:- Endemic to Central and East Crete, where it is widespread and fairly
Flowering time:- End of May to early June.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton