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Matthiola tricuspidata - Three-horned Stock

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

Matthiola tricuspidata

The fruit of the plant is what gives it its name - a siliqua (an elongated seed capsule which is peculiar to the Brassicaceae family of plants) with a distinct three-horned apex.

The flowers of this low-growing plant are pink to mauve and the leaves and stems are covered with rather woolly-looking hairs. Three-horned Stock favours coastal habitats throughout the Mediterranean region, where it blooms from February to May.

Three-horned Stock

The specimens shown above were photographed in Crete.

Acknowledgements

This page includes pictures kindly contributed by Anne Horsfall