Scutellaria sporadum

Sporades skullcap                                                       Σκουτελάρια των Σποράδων

Lamiaceae - mint family                                                                                     Dicot.


This very special little plant is quite elusive on Skopelos, growing mainly in the forest on the slopes of Mount Delphi; it is occasionally encountered in the valley going down to Glisteri.

The delicate, tubular, white flowers are marked with purple on the lower lip to guide insects to the pollen;

the stamens are also deep purple, stems are square in cross section and  the paired, simple leaves have a scalloped edge. The calyx is characteristically shaped like a skull cap or cup (scutella is latin for a small dish).

With over 300 species the Scutellaria genus is distributed throughout the temperate zones of the world, both north and south of the equator. One of the albida group, which occurs in the eastern Aegean area,

S. sporadum, has developed as a distinct species which differs in form and colour from Scutellaria found elsewhere; it is considered to be a significant species, as its name suggests, it is found only in the islands of the Northern Sporades.

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