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Mediterranean spurge

Euphorbia characias


Particular characteristic of the plants is that the flowers form impressively large inflorescences which have the shape of a bowl called 'cyathion', from the ancient Greek word for the cup. The flowers appear at the end of winter and last almost the entire spring.


It grows in slopes and rocky soils, uncultivated fields as well as areas with maki type of vegetation (see pic.6). It prefers sunny places and can withstand seaside areas. It is a common plant of Greek flora, characteristic of almost all of the eastern Mediterranean and its vegetation.


The first photo -detail of the Euphorbia bucket-, looks like a mocking comment: this drought-resistant plant, familiar with long dry periods of the Mediterranean systems, is now bathed in the rain of February!

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maplemoth662 2 years ago

Your welcome, Tania17....

Tania17 2 years ago

Thanks maplemoth662 and armadeus.4

armadeus.4 2 years ago

Great series and great information! Thank you for sharing :)

maplemoth662 2 years ago

Photos No. 5, and 7, are beautiful photos....

Tania17 2 years ago

Thank you Antonio.

Beautiful series Tania,very good work,congrats and thanks for sharing

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Αιγαίο, Greece

Spotted on Feb 10, 2018
Submitted on Feb 11, 2018

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