This plant was found in the Taygetos mountains, Greece, and had a lemony smell.

Small plant about a foot high.

The shiny recurved leaves are reminiscent of rosemary, and the dry seed-heads seem rather distinctive.

Any ideas of Genus or species most welcome!

dry seed-heads plant habit

  • $\begingroup$ The seed pods look like delphinium or a weird dwarf lilium species. Perhaps it is a mountain Lilly species. google lens said lilium and perhaps a weird heather variant. flora.dempstercountry.org/V.B.28.Ericaceae/Phyllo.empe/… $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2020 at 3:19
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    $\begingroup$ @LifeInTheTrees - neither of the plants you mentioned are aromatic. $\endgroup$ Jun 11, 2022 at 11:39
  • $\begingroup$ @anongoodnurse I had another look at this and now I'm pretty sure it's a Hypericum.. $\endgroup$
    – Acorn
    Jun 11, 2022 at 14:27

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After taking another look at this, I think it's almost certainly a Hypericum species. Compare with Hypericum empetrifolium.

The fruit of Hypericum are very distinctive:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104581263 fruit of Hypericum empetrifolium

The narrow revolute leaves of H. empetrifolium are also unlike other Hypericum species:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/69680320 leaves of Hypericum empetrifolium

Geographic distribution seems right:

geographic distribution of Hypericum empetrifolium


A type of greek lavender with no blossoms anymore? https://www.florealpes.com/photos/lavandulastoechias_5.jpg?PHPSESSID=0a72039f5036d91c7df80dd406b795b0

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    $\begingroup$ The desiccated seed heads seem like nothing that would come from a lavender flower though.. $\endgroup$
    – Acorn
    Jan 27, 2019 at 22:09

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