Wildflowers in Kayaköy

The longer we live in Fethiye, the more interested we become in all that’s around us. Over the years, whenever we go trekking, I’ve started to take an interest in the flora and fauna of the area but that comes with a slight problem in that I don’t own any books (I really must buy one) on the subject. Yes, we have the mighty Google at our fingertips these days. We can ask the internet whatever we like…but we need to know what to ask it.

Instead, we’ll make use of the power of the internet today by asking for your help. A few weeks ago, just before the really hot temperatures kicked in, we set off on the trek from Fethiye to Kayaköy with friends. It was actually too hot to do the walk, so a couple of us made regular drink stops to catch our breath and that also meant we noticed more of the flora and fauna around us. Unfortunately, my friend has as much (little) knowledge as me when it comes to wildflower identification.

Late spring wildflowers in Kayaköy

Flowers in Kayaköy

Back in late winter, we did the beautiful walk from Kayaköy to Af Kule and a few readers were kind enough – and knowledgeable enough – to comment on the post and name some of the flowers I photographed on that walk. So today, we’d like to ask for your help again. 

These are photos of flowers I took on the day we did the walk and we have no idea at all what any of them might be. Once I get an idea of what they are, I can make myself a little chart and actually learn what it is that I’m taking pleasure in photographing. Don’t forget, you can click on the photo to enlarge it. I know a couple of the shots are not great but it was a very sunny, breezy day and the flowers didn’t want to sit still while I hovered over them with my camera. Thanks in advance to anyone who can impart any knowledge!

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  1. Unfortunately I can’t help you with the names … sorry, but I sure can appreciate how pretty they are! I’ve missed all these since moving to the big city.

  2. Hi Julia, I know the last one is called Queen Anne’s lace in the U.S. Not sure what it’s called in Turkey.

    The pinkish/purple one may be a type of wild hollyhock but I’m not sure. (See link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidalcea_malviflora). I used to work in a greenhouse. =)

    I’m also interested in the purple/blue flower as I saw a ton of it in Cappadocia too.

  3. I’ behind in reading your posts but I had to dip in to this one as I love the Fethiye wildflowers so much. I’m sure someone local will no far better but as a guide to get you going here’s are my guesses on your wildflowers:

    Top left looks like a fancy oxe-eye daisy which have big heads, 1-2 inches across, but the foliage around it looks similar to Camomile.

    Not as sure about this one but Top right looks similar to my Hyssop plant which is a favourite with very small bees. It’s scraggier than mine but then it does have some intense heat to deal with out there!

    Bottom left is probably some type of Marjoram/Oregano, next time rub the leaves and see if it smells right (the camomile foliage would smell too).

    Bottom centre is almost certainly a type of Wild Mallow though it’s hard to tell as it doesn’t seem to have any leaves, but the flower is spot on for it (Malva sylvestris). Don’t be fooled by brighter pinks on Google, my mallow is the exact colour of the one in your photo.

    Bottom right looks like something from the carrot family which includes loads of plants that look really similar and have lots of Latin and Common names so it’s easy to confuse them. The one’s you’ll probably know from growing commonly in the UK are Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) and Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota).

    Once you start learning all the names and clearly identifying things you might start wanting to use them in food (only if you are sure on the ID, lots of similar looking plants can actually be poisonous). A great site for wildflower recipes is Celtnet. I was making their Himalayan Balsam seed pod curry the other day. Here’s a link to teh hyssop page to give you an idea of the site: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/recipe-entry.php?term=hyssop

  4. Don’t know most of them but first photo is camomile (in Turkish–Papatya) it takes over the side garden if I/we are not vigilant. Good luck finding out about the others.
    PS, really enjoy reading your blog.

  5. @ Ping: That’s exactly the same as us. We love to look at them but no idea what we’re looking at. 🙂

    @ Joy: Thanks for the suggestions. We can at least have a look through Google (and Wiki!) now for the clues. Top right is a puzzler judging by the comment below yours. 🙂

    @ Cally: Wow, you most definitely win the prize for longest and most informative comment! 🙂 Thank you so much for this. We really appreciate it. We do rub foliage to check if it’s edible but we’ve not tried with the unfamiliar stuff in flower, just in case it’s poisonous. Queen Anne’s Lace has come up twice. We’ll look it up. We’ll do a follow-up post on this in the next couple of weeks or so to show you what we found. Will definitely check the site, celtnet out too. Thanks again. So grateful. 🙂

  6. OK will do my best but not easy without clear foliage and clearer detail:
    top left; Wooly Camomile Artimis formentosa
    top right; Viper’s Bugloss – Buglossoides arvensis
    bottom left ?
    bottom centre; Common Mallow – Malva sylvestris
    bottom right; ?
    Keep taking the pics, love them.

  7. ps in my opinion the best general book to get is ‘Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean’ Blamey & Grey-Wilson

  8. Fresh Garden says

    Wonderful! Terrific!
    Okay, I’ll go check them out!

  9. @ Alan: Glad you popped up! 🙂 Thanks for imparting your knowledge and thanks for the book recommendation, too. I’ll order it and get some friends to bring it out for us.

    @ Fresh Garden: Any ideas? 🙂

  10. Beautiful flowers……no too many of these in the city where I live. Wish I was in Fethiye. Thanks for sharing your pics. :-)))

  11. @ Erica: Yes, we’re lucky to be able to see so much flora and fauna year-round.

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