Common Names:- None
Meaning:- Fagonia (L) For Monsignor Fagon (1638-1718), physician to Louis
XIV of France.
Cretica (L) From Crete. Cretan.
General description:- Low to short, hairless or slightly hairy, sprawling or
prostrate perennial; stems much-branched, woody at the base.
Leaves:- Three leaflets, the leaflets lance-shaped leathery, with a pale spine-
tip, short-stalked, channelled above; stipules spine-tipped.
Flowers:- Bright magenta, 9-10mm, solitary, borne between the pairs of
Fruit:- An egg-shaped capsule, 7-9mm, 5-angled.
Habitat:- Dry stony and rocky habitats, garigue, often on calcareous soils.
Distribution:- Scattered localities - Spain---Balearic Is., Sicily, Greece, Crete,
N Africa, Cyprus and E Med. Limited distribution on Crete, not common.
Flowering time:- Jan-June.
Photo by:- Prof. Yannis Zacharakis 15/01/2011