A carrot by the sea!

Central umber of Sea carrot (Daucus carota subsp. gummifer) Galicia
Central umber of Sea carrot (Daucus carota subsp. gummifer) Galicia

This attractive member of the Carrot family (Umbelliferae) grows near the sea on rocky cliffs and headlands. Perhaps it likes the views! It’s hard to imagine a more aesthetically pleasing shape than this globe of tiny white flowers!

Sea carrot (Daucus carota subsp. gummifer) is a subspecies of wild carrot; the central umbel is white and spherical, whilst the surrounding umbels are flatter and pink in colour. It almost looks like two different flowers growing side by side!

Sea carrot (Daucus carota subsp. gummifer)
Sea carrot (Daucus carota subsp. gummifer)

I took these photographs on an attractive headland called Punta Corveira – between Cedeira and Valdoviño – in Galicia, Spain. Not to be confused with Punta Corbeira, near Ribadeo!

Rocky coastline and sea cliffs at Punta Corveira, Galicia, Spain
Rocky coastline and sea cliffs at Punta Corveira, Galicia, Spain

3 thoughts on “A carrot by the sea!

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