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Flowers:

March to June

Atractylis cancellata (Compositae)

Atractylis

Erect branched annual to 20cm. Stiff spiney-edged leaves. Capitula solitary appearing as an "open-work cage". Florets are all tubular and bright purple. Distinctive!

Grassy slopes and roadsides, common.

 

 

Paphos Forest, Argaka 19.5.07