Hedypnois cretica   Scaly Hawkbit

Hedypnois cretica whole Hedypnois cretica flower Hedypnois cretica flower stem

Also known as Cretan Weed or just Hedypnois this plant is a native of the Mediterranean region but is very occasionally recorded in the British Isles. The distinctive feature are the swollen curved flower bracts looking like small bunched of rosy bananas.

LHS: Cabo de Gata, Spain 20th March 2007 Middle and RHS: West coast of Crete 9th April 2007

Added on February 3rd 2009, updated 3rd April 2010

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