Monday, 15 December 2014

Narcissus at the Baths of Aphrodite

We spent the day on the Akamas Peninsular just north of Paphos, and took one of the nature trails at the Baths of Aphrodite. Birds were pretty thin on the ground, with just a few Sardinian warblers, chiffchaffs and a single chukar. There were a few nice plants in flower, especially the bunch-flowered daffodil (Narcissus tazetta) and Persian cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum). 

Narcissus tazetta.

Cyclamen persicum. I've finally solved my cyclamen problem! This is the same species I saw at the Tombs of the Kings.


Adult Yellow-legged gull. Worth comparing this photo with those of the Armenian and Caspian gulls.

Phlomis cypria - var. occidentalis (Western or Cyprus Jerusalem sage). Endemic to Cyprus, it grows only on the Akamas Peninsular and even here is so rare that it was surrounded by an impressive looking cage, presumably to protect it from goats, but perhaps also plant collectors.

I'm pretty sure that this is Hyacinthella millingeni. It was very common on the Baths of Aphrodite.

The Akamas Peninsular looking towards the Blue Lagoon and the Baths of Aphrodite.

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