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Author of this page: Panos & Stavros.

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Panos & Stavros.

Found this in a rock crack on Gran Canaria.

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Panos & Stavros.

Photo by Panos & Stavros.

Along the black Sea in Georgia by Ori Fragman-Sapir.

I found the plants on Gran Canaria. This is a colony in a huge ravine. More below.

I found the plants on Gran Canaria. This is a colony in a huge ravine.

Early in the growing season.

A single plant.

Author: Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Origin:  Albania, Algeria, Baleares, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Islands, Egypt, France, Greece, Illinois, Italy, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Morocco, North Caucasus, Palestine, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Sinai, Spain, Tennessee, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Yugoslavia
Soil:  Sandy - Gravel
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  45 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Greek: Krinos tis Thalassas. Sea Daffodil, Sea Lily, Sea Pancratium Lily, Sand Lily, Lys de Mer, Giglio di Mare, Narciso das Areias, Pancracio, Strandlilie, Meermachtblume, Meernarzisse
Synonyms:  Hymenocallis caroliniana, Herb.
Hymenocallis lacera,
Hymenocallis maritima,
Hymenocallis ruizii,
Pancratium abchasicum,
Pancratium aegyptiacum,
Pancratium angustifolium,
Pancratium angustifolium,
Pancratium barcinonense,
Pancratium carolinianum,
Pancratium linosae,
Soldano & F.Conti.
Pancratium mirennae,
Scilla parva,

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was described by Carl von Linaeus in 1753. It is found all around the Mediterranean, growing in sand in costal areas with some water in the spring, but none in summer and lots of sun. The bulbs grows to four centimetres in diameter, the plant to 45 centimetres height. The flowers are white.

Pancratium maritimum: A much-loved decorative motif of Minoan art.

Pancratium: From the Greek pankratos, meaning 'strength'. "maritimum" means 'from costal areas indeed'. Well, I found it way up in the mountains on Gran Canaria.

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Panos & Stavros.

The flowers close up from Gran Canaria, more below..

The flowers.

A single plant, growing in a narrow crack.

I found the plants on Gran Canaria. Some dormant, some in the start of the growing season, some flowering and this one with fruits.