Rounded shrub usually below 1 m tall. Stems dark purple, with spines generally exceeding the leaves and racemes. Leaves obovate, 1-1,5 cm long, and up to 1 cm broad, usually entire and mucronate. Racemes 4-10-flowered, short. Berries finally black. Fl. 6. Calcareous slopes, 1000-1700 m.
Crete, Greece, Aegean Islands and Cyprus. E. Medit. element.