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Gomphocarpus fructicosus

Observed: 27th April 2013 By: spotted catspotted cat’s reputation in Plantsspotted cat’s reputation in Plantsspotted cat’s reputation in Plants
Gomphocarpus fructicosus
Photo taken 23.11.2011
Photo taken 23.11.2011

Found in the Preveli area, Crete. Plant about 1m high, flowers attractive to insects. Please note I have added the last two photos taken in November to show the seeds. Introduced from Africa (Blamey & Grey Wilson say south Africa, Papiomitoglou says North Africa - any advance on these?).
One of my favourite genus names.

    Likely ID
    Bristle-fruited silkweed (Gomphocarpus fructicosus)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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It's described in my 'Flowers of Greece and the Balkans' by Oleg Polunin, according to Polunin native of S. Africa.

David J Trevan