Arenaria cretica is an attractive mountain plant, forming dense mats in crevices of limestone cliffs at high altitude (generally 1800–2800 m). The description was based on a collection by Sieber from “montes Sphaciot. Cretae”. Arenaria pirinica, described from SW Bulgaria just N of the Greek border appears to be conspecific with A. cretica, which has also been reported from S Albania. Glandular-pubescent plants have been described as A. cretica var. stygia, but they are frequently mixed with subglabrous individuals and scarcely worthy of taxonomic recognition.
GR(?NPi Pe StE NC NE KK)
Greece (Kriti and Karpathos present; North Central Greece present; North Pindos doubtfully present; North-East Greece present; Peloponnisos present; Sterea Ellas present)
Native / Non Range-Restricted
High mountain vegetation, Cliffs, rocks, walls, ravines, boulders
Presidential Decree 67/81