Malcolmia littorea - Sand Stock

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Brassicales - Family: Brassicaceae

Malcomia littorea

This delightful, bright pink flower grows in the harsh, dry and sandy conditions on the coast of the Mediterranean region from the west (Portugal and Spain) as far east as Italy. It flowers from February until May. Malcolmia is a member of the Cabbage (Brassicaceae) family of plants formerly known as the Cruciferae.

Malcomia littorea, Portugal

A similar species, Malcolmia lacera, also occurs in Spain and Portugal. The basal leaves have shorter stalks than Malcolmia littorea.

Malcolmia littorea,Algarve region of  Portugal

The specimens shown here were photographed in March in the Algarve, southern Portugal.

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