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Joint field trips for seed collections in Crete: 8, 9 & 10 July 2014

The Mediterranean Plant Conservation Unit of MAICh organised 3 joint field trips for seed collections in Crete. Laetitia Hugot and Carole Piazza from the Conservatoire Botanique National de la Corse, project partner in Corsica, set out with the MAICh team for some of the last collections to be made for the project in Crete.

Day 1, 8 July: Spina & Palaiochora

Arum cyrenaicum was collected in Spina and Bolanthus creutzburgii subsp. zaffranii was collected in Palaiochora.

Arum cyrenaicum collected in Spina; © MAICh

Arum cyrenaicum with immature seeds, Spina; © MAICh

Bolanthus creutzburgii subsp. zaffranii collected in Palaiochora; © MAICh

Day 2, 9 July: Omalos

Cytisus creticus was collected.

Cytisus creticus was collected at Omalos

Mature fruits of Cytisus creticus

Day 3, 10 July, Agia Irini Gorge

Centaurea argentea subsp. macrothysana hanging from the cliffs needed some climbing to reach… The Corsica team was expert in this!

Climbing to reach Centaurea argentea subsp. macrothysana, Agia Irini Gorge; © MAICh

A special patent was needed to collect the seeds (i.e. a fork at the end of a walking stick) © MAICh

Posted at Jul 22, 2014 | By : | Tags : Crete Arum cyrenaicum