Erica manipuliflora Salisb.
Common names: Autumn heather [En], Ρείκι φθινοπωρινό, Κισσούρι, Ερείκη [Gr], Funda, Püren, Süpürge Çiçeği [Tu]
Marathokampos, Samos ● Greece
Description: It is a common phrygana bush flowering in late summer and autumn. It can grow up to a metre in height. Growth can be either erect or spreading. The leaves are four to eight millimetres long, bright green and growing on whorls of three or four.
The flowers are three to 3.5 mm long, pale pink and broadly bell-shaped. Individual flowers are stalked to a spine like inflorescence (cluster of flowers on a branch, where the leaves are also attached. The flowers are generally pink or purple but can also (rarely) be white.
Habitat: It can be found from sea level all the way to around 2000m in open rocky and sandy grounds, light woodlands, phrygana and maquis. It can also grow in cliffs.
Uses: A tasty and dark therapeutic honey is made by the bees feeding on this flower. It is called in Greece ρεικόμελο (rikomelo).
Distribution: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece including Crete, Italy, Yugoslavia, Sicily, European Turkey.
Blamey M., Grey-Wilson Ch., 2005. Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, Domino Guides, London.
West Crete Flowers