5th. Transfer to Embonas today, with stops to check localities for plants. The forecast rain did not materialise and we had a dry and mostly sunny day. Our first target species was Galatella cretica, a narrow endemic of Crete and Rhodes, an autumn-flowering member of the Asteraceae. We drove to a forested area near Rhodes town and soon found the plant, albeit in tight bud. Our next target was Sternbergia lutea, but despite searching at the expected locality none were found. We continued our journey to Embonas, stopping to search at various localities for a number of Colchicum species but none were again found. It is certain that in some of these localities the Colchicums were present, as the leaves were seen in spring, but have either not flowered, or the numerous goats had eaten the flowers. We found a few more specimens of Crocus tournefortii and Scilla autumnalis, a good group of Arisarum vulgare and Quercus ithaburensis subsp. macrolepis and Quercus pubescens.
6th. A local day today, walking from the hotel. We walked up a track with many plants typical of Mediterranean garigue like Sarcopoterium spinosum, Euphorbia acanthothamnos, Quercus coccifera, Genista acanthoclada and Micromeria. There were also larger bushes like Pistacia terebinthus, Styrax officinalis and Pyrus spinosa. We also found a few specimens of Crocus tournefortii and then returned to the hotel for lunch. We went out in the afternoon, following a different path. We found similar plants and additionally Ptilostemon chamaepeuce and Muscari parviflorum to the list.
7th. Warm and dry again as we set off to explore the west coast of the island. Initially we went up Attaviros mountain and walked in pine forest. There were no autumn-flowering flowering plants except for Urginea maritima, which had mostly finished. We then drove on to Senna where we stopped for coffee and found the spring flowering Centaurea lactucifolia, a rare Rhodes endemic growing high up on a rock. We continued southwards and walked in another pine forest where Lithodora hispidula was common. We then descended to a beach were we had our picnic and then returned to Embonas. Some people decided to stay at the hotel, whilst other walked to a nearby forested area where Galatella cretica was found in profusion and flowering well.