• Photo taken Locality: Greece, Crete, Heraklion, Astrakiano gorge
  • Photo taken by:
    Trichas, A.
  • Photo taken date:
    August 2009
Cretan Cistus
Phrygana diorama

Photo of the flower of the Cretan Cistus, Cistus creticus, in Astrakiano gorge in Crete, Greece. A gum called ladanum is secreted from the plant’s glandular hairs on the leaves, under hot sunshine. It is often gathered and sold for medicinal or aromatic uses.