Heracleum orphanidis Boiss.
Heracleum orphanidis was discovered by Orphanides on 31 July 1862 on Mt Peristeri (Pelister, Varnous) just N of the present Greek border: “Legi in regione superiori monti Pelister Macedoniae alt. 6000'”. It is rare on the Greek side, but abundant in the F. Y. R. Makedonija part of Mt Pelister, growing in shady places in Pinus peuce forest. It is restricted to a rather small area in the W Balkan Peninsula, just extending into Kosovo. Theodoros Orphanides (1817–1886), after whom it was named, was, together with Heldreich, the leading explorer of the Greek flora in the 19th century.AA. Dimopoulos, P., Raus, Th., Bergmeier, E., Constantinidis, Th., Iatrou, G., Kokkini, S., Strid, A. & Tzanoudakis, D. 2013: Vascular plants of Greece: An annotated checklist. 31: p. 320 [Plate 2.1]