Monday, 30 November 2015

Cyclamen persicum Mill. - Κυκλάμινο - Cyprus

Cyclamen persicum, the Persian cyclamen, is a species of flowering herbaceous perennial plant growing from a tubernative to rocky hillsides, shrubland, and woodland up to 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level, from south-central Turkey to Israel, Cyprus and Jordan. It also grows in Algeria and Tunisia and on the Greek islands of RhodesKarpathos, and Crete, where it may have been introduced by monks. Cultivarsof this species are the commonly seen florist's cyclamen.
Wild plants have heart-shaped leaves, up to 14 cm (6 in) usually green with lighter marbling on the upper surface.
Flowers bloom from winter to spring (var. persicum) or in autumn (var. autumnale) and have 5 small sepals and 5 upswept petals, usually white to pale pink with a band of deep pink to magenta at the base. After pollination, the flower stem curls downwards slightly as the pod develops, but does not coil as in other cyclamens. Plants go dormant in summer.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Photos  by George Konstantinou

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