Seseli crithmifolium is a spectacular, woody chasmophyte endemic to the C & SE Aegean area, where it grows in crevices of large limestone cliffs – a “magnifique ombellifère” according to Stefani, Forsyth Major and Barbey (1895: 110). There are no consistent differences between subsp. crithmifolium and subsp. aegaeum. The closely related S. corymbosum and S. gummiferum occur in Anatolia and Crimea, respectively. In the background is Cephalaria squamiflora, another rare Aegean chasmophyte.
Kik KK EAe
Greece (East Aegean islands present; Kiklades present; Kriti and Karpathos present)
Native / Range-Restricted
Cliffs, rocks, walls, ravines, boulders
Presidential Decree 67/81
Seseli halkensis, described from Chalki (EAe) and taxonomically overrated at species rank, grows within populations of S. crithmifolium and obviously represents individual variation within the latter (A.Strid).