Centaurea lactucifolia Boiss.

Centaurea lactucifolia Boiss.

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Synonymy

    • =Centaurea chorionensis Hoffm.-Grob. & Beauverd
    • =Centaurea halkensis Fors.-Major & Barbey
    • Centaurea lactucifolia subsp. halkensis (Fors.-Major & Barbey) Rech. f.

    Taxon info

    Centaurea lactucifolia is a spectacular local endemic of Rodos (and the adjacent small island of Chalki), aptly characterized by Boissier as “planta pulchra”. It is a stout perennial, growing in crevices of limestone cliffs at low altitude. The capitula are up to 7 cm in diameter and very characteristic with pale straw-coloured phyllary appendages and pale yellow (rarely pinkish) florets. It is a distinct species of uncertain affinity, but rather variable in spite of its restricted distribution.A
    A. Dimopoulos, P., Raus, Th., Bergmeier, E. & al., Vascular plants of Greece: An annotated checklist. 31. 2013: p. 322 [Plate 3.9]

    Distribution

    IoI NPi SPi Pe StE EC NC NE NAe WAe Kik KK EAe 

    Greece (East Aegean islandspresent; East Central Greeceabsent; Ionian Islandsabsent; Kikladesabsent; Kriti and Karpathosabsent; North Aegean islandsabsent; North Central Greeceabsent; North Pindosabsent; North-East Greeceabsent; Peloponnisosabsent; South Pindosabsent; Sterea Ellasabsent; West Aegean islandsabsent)

    Status

    Range-restricted

    Chorology

    Greek endemic

    Life-form

    Hemicryptophyte

    Habitat

    Cliffs, rocks, walls, ravines, boulders

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