DIANTHUS JUNIPERINUS subsp. IDEAUS
Common Names:- Wild carnation
Meaning:- Dianthus (Gr) Zeus'-flower. a name used by the Greek philosopher
Juniperinus (L) Bluish-brown, juniper-like, (the colour of the berry).
Ideaus (L) From the area of Mount Ida (Psiloritis).
General description:- Small shrub with woody stems.
1) Flowering, 9.5-13.5 cm.
1) 20-30 x 1.0-1.3mm linear.
1) Inflorescence, with 2-5 flowers opening together.
2) Epicalyx scales, c. 1/2 as long as the calyx.
3) Calyx, 10-11 mm, teeth 3.5 mm.
4) Petal limb, 6-7 mm, pale pink.
1) Capsule, splitting open to release the seeds (dehiscing) apically with 4 teeth;
carpophore often present.
2) Seeds numerous, concave on 1 side.
Habitat:- Calcareous rocks of the montane zone. 500-600 m.
Distribution:- Endemic to the Psiloritis massif central Crete. Very rare.
Flowering time:- June-July
Photos by:- Fotis Samaritakis
Conservation status (for threatened species): Critical (CR) according to IUCN
Protection status (for threatened species): Greek Presidential Decree 67/1981.