Centaurea pumilio

 

 

 

Centaurea pumilio - Click to enlarge

Centaurea pumilio in Falasarna

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Centaurea pumilio

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Centaurea pumilio - Flower bud

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Centaurea pumilio - Flower bud

Centaurea pumilio - Click to enlarge

Centaurea pumilio

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Centaurea pumilio

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Centaurea pumilio - Detail

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Red mite on Centaurea pumilio

Centaurea pumilio - Click to enlarge

Red mite on Centaurea pumilio - Detail

Centaurea pumilio is a rare sand-loving species of the eastern Mediterranean. In Crete it is found only on the beaches of Elafonisi, Tigani to Balos on the Gramvoussa peninsula and Falasarna. It flowers in April and May.
It is closely related to Centaurea aegialophila but C. pumilio is a larger plant.

Centaurea pumilio is included in the IUCN Red Data List in the category of threatened plants.

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