Hippocrepis emerus

Scorpion senna                                                                              Κοινό όνομα άγνωστο


Fabaceae - pea family                                                                                               Dicot.

 
 


Hairy thorny broom ( Calicotome villosa) forms beautiful, fragrant, but very thorny bushes on Greek hillsides in early summer.Anyone who takes a walk of the track in Greece cannot fail to notice that the vegetation is very prickly as is this shrub in particular; it is said that branches of this bush were used to beat tyrants in Hades, the Underworld of the ancient Greeks.

Interestingly, one of the theories of how the Croatian city Split got its name is from the ancient Greek, Aspalathos (Ασπάλαθος) or Spalathos (Σπάλαθος), the Greek name of the city and of the shrub, which was abundant on the surrounding hills. This became Spalatos under the Romans, which gradually evolved into Split.

14-22mm,100-200cm,
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hippocrepis from a Greek  name for horse ippos (ίππος) + crepis Latin for small shoe as fruits of some members of genus are horseshoe shaped

emerus from old German meaning bold or strong

Hyocyanamus albus.
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Helichrysum stoechas
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