SPECIES DESCRIPTION
CAMPANULA TUBULOSA

Family:- CAMPANULACEAE/Sect. CAMPANULA

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Campanula (L) Bell-like.
                  Tubulosa (L) Large-tubular.

General description:- Biennial with stiff or bristly hairs.

Stem:-
   a) 15-40 cm.
   b) several, slender, ascending, covered in soft hairs.
   c) moderately branched with short, divaricate branches.
   d) often purplish.

Leaves:-
1) Rosette:
   a) long-petiolate.
   b) blade narrowly elliptical, crenate-serrate, sparsely pilose.
   c) with stiff or course hairs (hirsute).
2) Cauline:
   a) basal and middle, oblong-ovate.
   b) upper, ovate-lance-shaped, serrate-dentate, stalkless.

Flowers:-
   a) few, axillary or terminal.
1) Calyx teeth:
   a) triangular, acuminate, up to half as long as corolla; appendages large, broadly
       oblong to ovate, exceeding the ovary.
2) Corolla:
   a) 20-30 mm.
   b) tubular to narrowly campanulate.
   c) lobes short, broadly ovate.
   d) twice as long as the calyx.
   e) violet-blue. velvety (velutinous).

Fruit:-
1) Capsule:
   a) splitting open to release the seeds (dehiscing) by basal pores or valves.

Key features:-
1) Corolla tubular.
2) Petioles of basal leaves not lobulate.

Habitat:- Rocks and gorges of middle and low altitudes.

Distribution:- Cretan endemic. Mainly in the west.

Flowering time:- April-May.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton