Carlina tragacanthifolia is endemic to the SE Aegean islands and is particularly common on Karpathos. It is a conspicuous shrublet forming dense, very spiny cushions, covered with golden-yellow capitula from mid-July to September. A somewhat similar species, C. barnebiana, is endemic to E Kriti and Karpathos. Both grow in hot and dry, gravelly lowland habitats.
Kik KK EAe
Greece (East Aegean islands ‒ present; Kiklades ‒ present; Kriti and Karpathos ‒ present)
Native / Range-Restricted
Xeric Mediterranean Phrygana and grasslands
Presidential Decree 67/81