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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:12 pm    Post subject: Botanists welcome Reply with quote

Any flora experts out there?

I would appreciate help in identifying the species of plants / flowers, etc we find in Cyprus. we go orchid hunting every year, but have no idea what we are looking at.

http://www.nicepix.net/Flowers1.html

http://www.nicepix.net/Flowers2.html

I know that the quality is rubbish. It's the wife's fault. She won't let me take the SLR and macro lens on holiday. Says I've enough junk with all the rods and stuff. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
I dont know much about this stuff but I'll have a bash.
Are they orchids.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is that area specific flora (i.e. books to key out and i.d species of flora) are not widely available... I'll enjoying hunting through the European books I have to see if I can help though.

You have a couple of interesting "non" orchids in the mix on the first link Clive - they have me intrigued.

Just what a chap needs to keep him out of mischief in the closed season Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is as you say, narrowing it down by geography. Cyprus is so diverse, probably the most diverse location in Europe, that you find African, Asian and European species of flora and fauna side by side.

I think most are of the orchid family. They were all taken in the Akamas area (that doesn't help much becasue that is the most diverse part of Cyprus), and all in March / April.

Good hunting.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the first one a flounder and the second one a grey mullet?


I'd say bee and spider orchids are quite a few of them...must have a look at a some flora sites and report back.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nicepix

Not a botanist I'm afraid but orchids have always intrigued me (eversince seeing hundreds of them on the Isle of Coll as a kid). My dad is pretty good so will pass them on. As I understand it orchids are so tricky to identify as they are found in very limited areas.

Did a quick search and found a few books, might see if the local library can help Confused I'm sure they like a challenge!

http://www.orchidsbooks.com/book.asp?id=756
http://www.nhbs.com/the_orchids_of_cyprus_tefno_123602.html
http://www.moufflonpaphos.com/FloraFaunaDescription.htm

If all else fails might be worth an email to Kew Gardens or prehaps the Natural History Museum?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am jealous of all those orchids. One other appears to be in the pea family and a couple are possibly mints but they are all foreign to me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The third up from the bottom on the right I think is a Bee Orchid.

Then I found this Site :

http://www.habitas.org.uk/europeanorchids/index.html

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that - just the job. Wink
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