CREPIS AURICULIFOLIA

Family:- COMPOSITAE/Sect. CREPIS

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- Crepis raulinii

Meaning:- Crepis (Gr) A name used by Greek philosopher Theophrastus.
                  Auriculifolia (L) Ear-shaped.

General description:- Perennials.

Stems:-
1) 6-35 cm, simple or with 1-4 branches above.

Leaves:-
1) With pale eglandular hairs or glabrous.
2) Basal, 3-21 X 1-45 cm, obovate, oblanceolate or elliptical, obtuse or acute,
    denticulate to coarsely runcinate-dentate, narrowed at the base.
3) Cauline, reduced to linear-lanceolate bracts.

Flowers:-
1) Capitula, few.
2) Involucre, 10-14 X 4-12 mm.
3) Bracts, linear-lanceolate, acute, the outer 1/3-2/3 as long as the inner, more or
    less canescent-tomentose, occasionally with pale, simple, eglandular hairs
    and short glandular hairs, pubescent on inner the face.

Fruit:-
1) Achenes 5-65 X 06-12 mm, yellowish, fusiform, with 4-5 strong ribs and 3-5
    striae between the ribs.

Key features:-
1) Achenes 5-9 mm, 3- to 5-striate.
2) Basal leaves 3-8 cm, denticulate to coarsely runcinate-dentate.
3) Achenes unequally ribbed.
5) Outer involucral bracts at least as long as inner.

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Habitat:- Crevices and ledges of limestone cliffs, rocky slopes, often in semi-shade
in gorges. (300-)900-1800 m.

Distribution:- Endemic to Crete. Confined mainly to the four main massifs, not
common.

Flowering time:-  Apr to mid-July.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton

Status:-
Conservation status (for threatened species):- Rare (R) according to the Red Data
Book of Rare and Threatened Plants of Greece (1995).
According to IUCN 1997. Near Threatened (NT)
Protection status (for threatened species):- Greek Presidential Decree 67/1981.
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