Sarcopoterium spinosum is widespread in the E Mediterranean region, especially in the Aegean area, where it an important, often dominant constituent of phrygana, together with other dense, rounded shrublets such as Euphorbia acanthothamnos and Thymbra capitata. Sarcopoterium is wind-pollinated and closely related to Sanguisorba. In the photo, from the island of Samothraki, it is growing together with Centaurea spinosa (grey cushions) on a rocky coastal flat.
GR(IoI SPi Pe StE EC NC NE NAe WAe Kik KK EAe)
Greece (East Aegean islands present; East Central Greece present; Ionian Islands present; Kiklades present; Kriti and Karpathos present; North Aegean islands present; North Central Greece present; North-East Greece present; Peloponnisos present; South Pindos present; Sterea Ellas present; West Aegean islands present)
Native / Non Range-Restricted
Xeric Mediterranean Phrygana and grasslands
Presidential Decree 67/81