Quercus coccifera

Quercus coccifera

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Credit: BOB GIBBONS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Kermes oak (Quercus coccifera). Closeup of foliage and flowers. This is the host plant of the Kermes insect which is used to make cochineal, a scarlet dye. This specimen was photographed in the wild in Crete.

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Keywords: botanical, botany, close-up, closeup, crete, evergreen, flora, flower, flowering, flowers, foliage, horticultural, horticulture, kermes oak, leaf, leaves, mediterranean, native, nature, oaks, plant, plants, prickly, quercus coccifera, shrub

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