June 2015

Allium gomphrenoides Boiss. & Heldr.

 

 

Allium gomphrenoides is an attractive bulb that flowers from April to early June. It is endemic to Greece and it grows exclusively in South Peloponnese, Kythira and Antikythira and some smaller islands in the region of Kythira. It is a relatively distinct species that reaches 25 cm in height and forms a dense inflorescence with pink to purple flowers. It occurs from sea level to 460 meters in rocky places and phrygana. It is one of the species that confirm the phytogeographical affinity of Kythira with the Peloponnese, reinforcing the hypothesis that in the recent geological past Kythira and Antikythira were connected with the Peloponnese.

D. Kontakos