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.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Tribulus terrestris

Croix de Malte
Maltese Cross

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

4-10 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Pinnate

Height

10 cm,

spreading

Description

A hairy plant with stems radiating from the crown, prostrate, or climbing if it finds support.

A native to southern Europe. It thrives on poor soils and in dry habitats, where it can form large, flat patches.

Flowers

The tiny flowers are solitary, 5 petals, 5 sepals with 10 stamens.

Leaves

Pinnate row of leaflets on either side of the stem. 5-6 pairs of hairy leaflets on either side of the stem, 3 mm long.

Fruits Seeds

Bur: 5 spiked seeds, sharp enough to puncture a bicycle tyre, painful if stepped upon, 8-10 mm.

Medical

Roots and fruit: used in Ayurveda (Indian Medicine). A herb that is reputed to promote male virility and general vitality, to protect organ functions, especially of the liver and kidneys.

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