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Anthemis samariensis - First ever photos of a new species  - 15th August 2008

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Anthemis samariensis - First ever photos of a new species

 

Finally Nick Turland published his paper Anthemis samariensis (Asteraceae, Anthemideae), a new species from the mountains of W Kriti (Greece) and our very informal non-disclocure agreement has come to an end. So above and in the link below you can see the first ever published photos of a new flower called Anthemis samariensis. I noticed it last year in a cliff in the upper reaches of the Samaria gorge and it turned out to be a new species of flower. You can read all that there is to know about it (for now) in Nick's article.

I am really pleased about his choice of name 'samariensis' which refers to the gorge of Samaria. Despite being classed as mass-tourism and therefore not worth a visit by some snobs, the gorge of Samaria is an incredibly wild, awe-inspiring place. A place in Europe where you can still discover new species in the 21st century (and Anthemis samariensis forms cushions that can be over 50 cm in size so it is not exactly a tiny, almost invisible plant!).
People who complain that the gorge of Samaria is too busy, too much on the beaten track just haven't understood how to visit it properly in order to appreciate it.

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