HYPERICUM EMPETRIFOLIUM ssp OLIGANTHUM
Common Names:- None
Meaning:- Hypericum (Gr) Above-pictures. A name used by the Greek
physician and botanist Dioscorides for its use over shrines to repel evil spirits.
Empetrifolium (L) With Empetrum-like leaves. Empetrum = on
Oliganthum (Gr) With small or few flowers.
General description:- Very variable dwarf shrub to 50cm tall, stems erect to
spreading or prostrate.
Leaves:- Simple, opposite 2-12mm, narrow, parallel-sided to lance-shaped in
whorls of 3, hairless.
Flowers:- Yellow, often flushed with red in bud or on the outside in flower, 14-
18mm, borne in branched or small clusters, solitary in some high mountain
forms; sepals with marginal black dots.
Habitat:- Rocky habitats, cliffs, scrub, and garigue.
Distribution:- Cretan endemic. Widespread and common.
Flowering time:- Mar-June.
Photo by:- Steve Lenton Katharo 15/05/2008