Androcymbium rechingeri

Bryant is the author of today’s entry:

Thank you to Jenny (aka Crete Flowers@Flickr) for this image of Androcymbium rechingeri. Androcymbium rechingeri is a perennial that develops from a tunicated corm and is endemic to a few sites on and around western Crete (including Falassarna on Crete, the islet of Imeri Gramvousa and the island of Elafonisos). Androcymbium rechingeri was first described by the Swiss botanist Werner Greuter in 1967. It is one of two species of its genus that is recognized in Europe. Plants are low-lying, averaging between 7 to 10 cm high. The leaves grow to around 15 cm long, while the flowers are roughly 3 to 6cm in diameter (size varying with habitat conditions). Plants flower from December to February. In its native habitat, Androcymbium rechingeri usually grows in colonies on exposed bluffs with well-drained sandy soil. Additional images of Androcymbium rechingeri are available via a western Crete tourism site.

Androcymbium spp. are mainly distributed in southern Africa, with a few species occurring further north in Egypt, Ethiopia and the Mediterranean (e.g., see Androcymbium palaestinum from a previous BPotD entry). Androcymbium rechingeri is listed as endangered under the Red Data Book of Greece (PDF) and the IUCN Red List. Several Greek university and governmental partners put together a pamphlet to educate about the local conservation efforts for this species (PDF).

Androcymbium rechingeri

8 responses to “Androcymbium rechingeri”

  1. Wendy Cutler

    I’m in love with this plant, especially the leaves. The photos on the West Crete site are excellent, and give a more complete idea of what the plant looks like, but the photo here is particularly elegant.

  2. Richard

    Wow! just Wow!

  3. Bonnie

    It is such a pleasure reading about the plants that I will never see.

  4. kate

    How cute! And what fun to encounter this on a vicarious hike. Thanks

  5. Mike Bush

    What are the pink-ish linear structures easily seen to the left and again to the right?

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Mike, I don’t know. The same structures aren’t evident on the other photographs via the links. I wonder if they are from a different species.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    seeing this plant in bloom is quite an experience
    one does not expect out of all the green curling.
    leaves and tentrils,it takes one back to long ago days
    i hope it can be saved -thank you daniel and company

  8. Michael F

    Native to Crete, but not endemic; it also occurs in Libya

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