Crete nature: To St. John’s Ford

From medicinal Irises to spawning toads via the hidden world of diatoms in this week’s #CreteNature: https://niume.com/post/282884

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Here we are below the Milonas waterfall and the cataract is still tumbling down through the rocks sounding like a symphony of swirling streams. A veritable jungle of giant cane and oleander surround us and up among the rocks small flowers like this Algerian Iris are taking advantage of every crack and crevice that holds a modicum of soil.  Not only is it a ridiculously pretty little flower but its rhizomes – the underground stems – contain some useful compounds (Kaempferol and 8-Methoxyeriodictyol if you’re into phytochemistry), both of which are important in the fight against diabetes and a wide range of cancers.

Read on at https://niume.com/post/282884

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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