Calystegia soldanella


Sea bindweed                                                                                     Περικοκλάδι


Convolvulaceae - bindweed family                                                                     Dicot.

 
 

This bindweed has adaptations which allow it to survive the special conditions of beach life. It grows in the sand at the just above the high water line. On Milia beach, the dark green shiny leaves and pink, stripy  flowers it can be found scrambling amongst the pistachia bushes.

The flowers are formed from the fusion of 5 petals, creating a flared-out funnel, typical of the bindweeds.  The leaves are semi-succulent and round, encircling the stem; they are thought to resemble coins.

3.5-4.5cm, 
30-80cm, W                                            JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
 

calys - cup (κύλι) + stegos - roof or covering (στέγος)

+ solda - a roman coin

Calystegia soldanella

- an important species


 

Calystegia soldanela has been described as an important species along with Pancratium Maritimum. It has a wide distribution, along the coasts in temperate zones, in both northern and southern hemispheres. Although not rare in the Mediterranean, its numbers are declining due to loss of its habitat, the sandy shore1.


see also: Pancratium maritimum


1. NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM.GR1430003. SKIATHOS: KOUKOUNARIES KAI EVRYTERI THALASSIA PERIOCHI


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