Welcome to the European section

In early Spring continental Eurasia bursts into flower. For the British botanist brought up on an early Spring diet of tiny white Cerastium or Erophila species, such natural history excursions are a joy. Early Spring (March, April even February if the weather holds) is best for places like southern Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Crete and Malta and later around May, June or July for the more northern countries of mainland Europe or mountain flowers. The flora of Europe and the near East is much richer than that of the British Isles having survived the last ice-age.

Europe has a very loose definition here and includes the Canaries, Madeira all the countries around the Mediterranean basin including all of Turkey and eastern islands such as Rhodes and Cyprus. Also the Russian Caucasus is now in my European section. This is totally arbitrary but just a way of dividing up a large collection of pages and photographs so that access is simpler.

Sternbergia schubertii

Sternbergia schubertii

Monastery of Hosia Lukas 20th October 2017

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Sternbergia schubertii  Monastery of Hosia Lukas

20th October 2017

The extensive indexing of the site is still available via the home page but the European A to Z thumbnail index may be the most useful. If you know the Latin name the European text A -Z index will download to your computing device much quicker. To seek European plants only, use the arrows on the left hand and right hand side at the top of each plant page:

Arrow european left Click to go back alphabetically through European species only.

Arrow european right Click to go forward alphabetically through European species only.

Currently 905 photos of plants found in Europe have been published some of which also grow in the British Isles and there are another 796 waiting to be added.

Use of photographs

Colchicum bivonae

Colchicum bivonae

Mount Parnassus, Greece 19th October 2017

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Colchicum bivonaeMount Parnassus, Greece

19th October 2017

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