Centaurea lancifolia or Wagenitzia lancifolia

 

 

 

Centaurea lancifolia  - Click to enlarge

Centaurea lancifolia

Centaurea lancifolia  - Click to enlarge

Centaurea lancifolia

Centaurea lancifolia  - Click to enlarge

Centaurea lancifolia

Centaurea lancifolia  - Click to enlarge

Centaurea lancifolia

Centaurea lancifolia  - Click to enlarge

Centaurea lancifolia

Centaurea lancifolia  - Click to enlarge

Centaurea lancifolia (past flowering)

Site of Centaurea lancifolia - Click to enlarge

Site where the plants were found

Centaurea lancifolia orWagenitzia lancifolia photographed in August 2008, August 2011 and July 2014 near the summit of Mavri at 1900m. To my knowledge these are the first photographs of the entire plant as well as the first photos of flowers ever taken.

The first photos I took of the plant (marked "Past flowering" at the bottom of the page) were taken in August 2008 and it was a little late in the season.

In August 2011 I went a little earlier and managed to catch the plant at its best. Unfortunately the photos are not of the best quality as they were taken from the slope across the cliff (the distance is about 70m).
Going back in July 2014 with a longer lens produced these closer shots of the plant.

The other alternative to get good close-up photos would be abseiling down the cliff but it is not so straightforward because the cliff is higher than a rope length so it is not just the simple matter of rappelling down to the bottom of the hole and making one's way out scrambling up the other side.

The bottom image shows the site where the plants were found (by Nick Turland in June 2008). Note that there is still snow in it (in August!). The hole is huge, about 70m deep and over 80m across.

You can click on the pictures to enlarge.

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