Saturday, October 11, 2008


The island of Elba has many typical mediterrranean plants and some lovely endemics.

Cork oaks( Quercus suber) were probably brough to the island millenia ago, they now form lovely colonies in abandoned vineyards.

These pumpkin orange lichens spread out on the lime rich rocks of Monte Serra.

Rosemary, the queen of herbs in my book, grows thickly on the slopes and scents the air with its camphorous perfume.

Lentisco ( Pistacia lentiscus), a relative of pistacios, with all the beauty of a holly at this time of year. The foliage was used to create a tea for treating dental inflammation.

This thistly looking thing is a carlina thistle ( Carlina corymbosa) . I find the seed heads as lovely as flowers.