CENTAUREA SPRUNERI subsp. GUICCIARDII
Common Names:- None
Synonyms:- Centaurea guicciardii, Colymbada guicciardii.
Meaning:- Centaurea (Gr) Centaur, Centauros. The centaur Chiron was cured of a
hoof wound with this plant.
Spruneri (L) Possibly for Wilhelm von Spruner, German botanist
Guicciardii (L) For Jacops Guicciard, who collected plants in Greece.
Plant:- Perennial plant, with erect stems.
1) 30-50 cm, erect, branched above.
1) Scabrid, arachnoid-lanate; basal lyrate-pinnatifid with oblong to suborbicular,
lobed segments, green at anthesis; upper entire.
1) Involucre 15-20 mm diam, ovoid; bracts glabrous.
2) Appendages semilunate, yellowish-brown, the apical spine brownish and clearly
set off from the pale greenish phyllary 20-30 mm.
3) Florets pink to purple, the outer longer than the inner.
1) Achenes c. 3 mm, puberulent.
2) Pappus 3 times as long as achene.
1) Involucre 15-20 mm in diam.
Habitat:- Dry grassland, open scrub and fallow fields. 0-700(-1300) m.
Distribution:- Probably endemic to the Ionian Islands, Peloponnisos, W mainland
Greece and Cretan. On Crete confined to the area east of the Psiloritis massif.
Flowering time:- Late May to early Aug.
Photos by:- Marinos Gogolos
Conservation status (for threatened species): Rare (R) according to IUCN 1997
Protection status (for threatened species): Greek Presidential Decree 67/1981