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.
–IoI –NPi –SPi –Pe –StE –EC –NC –NE –NAe –WAe –Kik –KK EAe
Greece (East Aegean islands ‒ present; East Central Greece ‒ absent; Ionian Islands ‒ absent; Kiklades ‒ absent; Kriti and Karpathos ‒ absent; North Aegean islands ‒ absent; North Central Greece ‒ absent; North Pindos ‒ absent; North-East Greece ‒ absent; Peloponnisos ‒ absent; South Pindos ‒ absent; Sterea Ellas ‒ absent; West Aegean islands ‒ absent)
Cliffs, rocks, walls, ravines, boulders