Cymbalaria longipes

Ivy-leaved toadflax                                                                                    Κυμβαλάρια







Veronicaceae - speedwell family                                                                        Dicot.

 
Cymbalaria longipes
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The delicate plants of ivy-leaved toad flax is most commonly found growing from the gaps in old stone walls. The plants have long tailing, purple-red stems, the species name, longipes, means long stems. The plant has ivy-like bright green leaves and pretty, tubular, pale purple flowers with yellow throat and darker purple guide lines, which lead insects to the pollen. The flowers are very similar to the commoner Cymbalaria muralis, but differ in that they are more delicate and have a longer spur at the base of the flower. Cymbalaria longipes is restricted to the Eastern Aegean, Anatolia and W. Syria.

9-12mm,
12-20cm,                                               JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
 
Spur

A flower spur is a narrow, hollow spike at the back of the flower which produces sweet nectar to attract pollinating insects to the flower.