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🌍 Scrophularia canina is a beautiful small-flowered Scrophularia, distributed around parts of the Mediterranean, from north Africa, north to southern to central Europe, eastwards to Turkey.
The Croatian name is uskolisni strupnik.
It may be found in the garrigue landscape, coastal grasslands, roadsides, rocky habitats and others.
This photo is from Drid Hill above Marina on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. 🗻 🌱 🌸
This is a landscape of limestone hills, covered by a typical Mediterranean garrigue vegetation (garig in Croatian), with elements of taller macchia (maquis) consisting of mostly single or spread out trees, an open shrub vegetation, and a rich variety of rather soft-leaved herbs and shrubs, often with glaucous bluish-grey leaves, adapted to seasonal droughts.
Here you will also find a rich variety of annuals, as well as quite a few bulbous species, and some orchids in spring. 🌾🌱🌸
The difference between Garigue and Macchia (Maquis) is not always obvious, there is not always a clear distinction between the vegetation types.
The vegetation in the Garigue is often defined by fires, and as many vegetation types are a transitional stage on the way to become something else, a common and possible succession is bare soil >dry grassland>Garigue >low Macchia>tall Macchia>forest. This Macchia could possibly degrade into several types of Garigue.
Many factors will shape the vegetation, the occurrence of limestone or not being of great importance. 🌱
Some of the wonderful flora I encountered on my Croatian trip, in the unusually warm spring of April/May 2015. 🌵