Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
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Pancratium maritimum

Lis de Mer
Sea Lily

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Plant family

Area

Littoral

Flower colour

white

Flower size

100 -150 mm

Flowering months

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Linear

Height

to 50 cm

Description

A bulb with a short stem (30 cm), surrounded by a fleshy leaf base. The deeply buried bulb grows on the beach or sand dunes and can resist extreme drought.

The name derives from Greek, ‘pan’ meaning everything and ‘cratys’ meaning powerful.

In Provence it is a protected plant.

Flowers

Each stem carries 3-14 flowers. The white tepals are fragrant, the corolla trumpet-shaped, with 12 teeth and 6 stamens borne on the rim of the corolla.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Blade, fleshy, grey-green, 5-12 mm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: large, round with 3 valves and numerous black seeds.

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