Valantia muralis

Bristly crosswort                                                                                     Άγνωστο όνομα

Rubiaceae - bedstraw family                                                                                    Dicot.


A common throughout the Mediterranean, this inconspicuous little plant grows in arid environments: on the beach, at the base of rocky outcrops and even in the gravel of the road edge. The leaves are arranged in overlapping whorls and close examination reveal tiny yellow flowers which develop into fruiting bodies which are covered in stiff hairs.

1--2mm, 4-10cm                                               JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Vallant - after Vallant, an 18th century botanist

hispida - botanical latin for bristles or stiff hairs

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