HYPERICUM EMPETRIFOLIUM ssp OLIGANTHUM

Family:- Guttiferae

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- 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
rocks.
                  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.
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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.

Fruit:-

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

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