Family and Genus:- See- GUTTIFERAE/Sect. CORIDIUM

Common Names:- None

Homotypic Synonyms:- Hypericum quadrifolium

Meaning:- Hypericum (Gr) Above-pictures. A name used by the Greek physician
and botanist Dioscorides for its use over shrines to repel evil spirits.
                  Amblycalyx (Gr) With a blunt calyx.
General description:- Perennial, many-branched.

1) Up to 50 cm, erect and caespitose with strict branching, or procumbent,
    straggling and rooting.

1) Simple, opposite 2-12 mm, linear to lanceolate in whorls of 4, glabrous.

1) Yellow in elongated panicles or simple cymes, or solitary.
2) Sepals, sessile, with entire, eglandular margins.
3) Petals, and stamens deciduous.

1) Capsule, with oblique vesicles.

Key features:-
1) Plant without red or black glands on the leaves.
2) Leaves in whorls of 3-4, smooth.
3) Petals and stamens deciduous.

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Habitat:- Crevices and ledges of limestone cliffs, rocky road embankments with
open dry shrubby vegetation, outcrops in open coniferous woodland. 0-1100 m.

Distribution:- Endemic E. Crete. Where it is fairly common.

Flowering time:- Mid-Mar to early June.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton

Conservation status (for threatened species): Rare (R) according to IUCN 1997.
Protection status (for threatened species): Greek Presidential Decree 67/1981.