Botany on the cliffs

Looking for Caralluma eurpea

Looking for Caralluma eurpea

We met up with the botanists this morning along the cliff path above El Playazo. They were scrambling up the rocky slopes looking for an example of the extremely rare, and fiendishly difficult to find, Caralluma europea.
Caralluma eurpea

Caralluma eurpea

This curious plant, a succulent, mimics not only cactus but also the cornicabra shrub, so called because its long, narrow fruits resemble horns. The caralluma produces fruits which are identical. Despite being poisonous, it is a great delicacy to grazing sheep.
Sarcocapnos eneaphylla

Sarcocapnos eneaphylla

Also of interest to them were the little clumps of Sarcocapnos eneaphylla, another rarity, which grow in fissures of rocks.
Coronilla

Coronilla

The attractive Coronilla grows in abundance along this stretch of coast.
Picnic time

Picnic time

At lunchtime they stopped for a picnic down by the beach where, after a brief chat, we left them to enjoy the warm sunshine.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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