More wild flowers of the Sierra Tramuntana

Hypericum balearicum. Balearic St John’s Wort.

This shrub has yellow flowers with numerous stamens.

It is a member of the St John’s Wort family which have been used by herbalists over the centuries. It was once thought of as one of the best herbs to ward off evil and the devil. It was used in ‘Witch hunts’ in the Middle Ages when the witches were made to drink the red juice of the plant. They would then tell the truth as they were tortured to death.

Today Hypericum species are used as a herbal supplement to treat anxiety and mild depression.

07.Hypericum balaericum

The western side of the Sierra Tramuntana is quite rugged with cliffs falling down to the sea. However the eastern side is more gentle with valleys leading down to the central plain providing habitats for more plant species.

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Urospemum dalechampii. Mediterranean daisy.

Urospermum dalechampii 1

This member of the Compositae family is known as ‘Pig’s snout’ and is common along the waysides in the valleys. The pale yellow ray-florets have black tips and red striped undersides.

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Cichorium intybus. Chicory.

Cichorium intybus

A member of the daisy family. This plant is found along roadside verges and in the meadows. The leaves can be used in salads. When roasted the roots were used as a coffee substitute.  Anyone remember ‘Camp Coffee’

The blue pigment in the flower is soluble in water and turns pale blue in the rain.

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Gladiolus italicus. Wild Gladioli

Wild gladioli 3

Wild Gladioli, also known as field gladioli have large deep pink flowers with white stripes on the lower petals. This perennial plant is a member of the Iris family.It grows from an underground bulb and flowers in May/June.

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Crepis triasii

Crepis triasii is a member of the Compositae family. It grows in crevices in the rocks and also on vertical dry stone walls. The leaves are arranged in a basal rosette and the yellow flowers bloom in May. These examples were found on the Cami Vell.

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Orchids

In May 2013 I was fortunate to spot several types of Orchid in the So0ller Valley.

I believe that these are a type of Pyramidal Orchid. Anacamptis pyramidalis.

Other flowers that I saw but have not been able to positively identify are a type of Mallow

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There were also several types of Thistle including the Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum and the large Galactites tormentosum which is common on the roadsides.

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I am not a botanist, just a keen photographer and walker who likes to record what I see on my walks.

I hope the information is accurate but if there are any obvious errors please let me know.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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One Response to More wild flowers of the Sierra Tramuntana

  1. Doreen thomas says:

    Enjoyed the flowers, Alan.

    See you to-morrow.

    Doreen

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