HYPERICUM EMPETRIFOLIUM subsp. TORTUOSUM
Common Names:- None
Homotypic 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.
Tortuosum (L) With complicated or winding stem growth.
General description:- Very variable dwarf shrub to 50cm tall, stems erect to
spreading or prostrate.
1) Simple, opposite 2-12 mm, narrow, linear-lanceolate, in whorls of 3, glabrous.
1) Yellow, often flushed with red in bud or on the outside in flower, 14-18 mm, borne
in branched or small clusters, solitary in some high mountain forms.
2) Sepals, with marginal black dots.
1) Capsule, with longitudinal vittae or oblique vesicles.
2) Seeds, papillose or rugulose.
Habitat:- A high-altitude race found in calcareous rock crevices and level, clayey
doline bottoms above 1300 m, in the Lefka Ori, Psiloritis and Dikti massifs,
Distribution:- Endemic W. & C. Crete
Flowering time:- May-Aug
Photos by:- Fotis Samaritakis