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Malcolmia littorea. Alhelí de mar. Cruciferae. 

 

Wild flowers are generally unknown nowadays since they do not necessarily belong to the commercial catalogues of cultivars, native or not, present in the urban plant outlets that deal in the very profitable international gardening business (*). But beautiful as they are, native plants are very important for the local biodiversity. The protection and survival of wild species and subspecies is crucial in the food chain as well as for the climate sustainability. This  plant flowers from February to June along the Iberian Atlantic coasts as well as in the Southern Mediterranean coastal dunes of Spain. In the coast of Asturias, Atlantic North of Spain, it is considered almost extinct and catalogued accordingly for protection.

Dune Flora and vegetation of La Barrosa Beach, Chiclana (Cádiz). April. 2/8

(*) A commercial variety of this plant, called Malcolmia maritima, is being cultivated and marketed out of its ornamental values.


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Malcolmia littorea. Alhelí de mar. Cruciferae. 

 

Wild flowers are generally unknown nowadays since they do not necessarily belong to the commercial catalogues of cultivars, native or not, present in the urban plant outlets that deal in the very profitable international gardening business (*). But beautiful as they are, native plants are very important for the local biodiversity. The protection and survival of wild species and subspecies is crucial in the food chain as well as for the climate sustainability. This  plant flowers from February to June along the Iberian Atlantic coasts as well as in the Southern Mediterranean coastal dunes of Spain. In the coast of Asturias, Atlantic North of Spain, it is considered almost extinct and catalogued accordingly for protection.

Dune Flora and vegetation of La Barrosa Beach, Chiclana (Cádiz). April. 2/8

(*) A commercial variety of this plant, called Malcolmia maritima, is being cultivated and marketed out of its ornamental values.


comments (10)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 May 2012, 00:57
Its a lovely thing, Juan Carlos, and its foliage seems even more interesting than its bloom.
Juan Carlos Rubio: Been away. Indeed, a fragile beauty growing in the sand.
This is a beautiful little blossom! I am trying to have a native garden in my yard- and am somewhat successful. In fact the last few years I've sold my excess plants to native plant nurseries in the area.
Juan Carlos Rubio: I like to hear that. Over there you have many companies involved in native plant growing and selling.
This a beautiful macro of such a delicate flower Juan Carlos... thank you for showing it to us an bringing out attention to their importance....petersmile
Juan Carlos Rubio: I'm having fun Peter. Cheers.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2012, 06:34
This is fabulous, Juan Carlos. I really like what you are doing here at SC.
Juan Carlos Rubio: You are very kind and I'm glad to be here, it is helping me out toosmile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2012, 07:23
WOW..... breathtaking beautiful. You did wonders with the DOF. A likey to me.
Juan Carlos Rubio: I appreciate it Astrid. smile
Excellent contrast between flower and background Juan, very well framed.
Likeyd this one
Juan Carlos Rubio: Thank you Chantal, once again.
A very beautiful shot. We have dune plants with this colour foliage but I have never seen it flowering. Really beautiful shot.
Juan Carlos Rubio: This one belongs to the Mediterranean area. smile
This is a beautiful little flower Juan.
Juan Carlos Rubio: Little things sometimes are unnoticed smile
Wonderful composition Juan Carlos. This flower is really beautiful!
Juan Carlos Rubio: Again Thank you Richard.

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