MINUARTIA ATTICA subsp. ATTICA
Common Names:- None
Synonyms:- Minuartia verna subsp. attica
Meaning:- Minuartia (L) For Jaun Minuart (1693-1768), botanical writer of
Attica (L) From around Athens, Greece.
General description:- Perennial plant, with a woody base, laxly tufted
(caespitose), hairless (glabrous).
1) 5-10 cm., downy, glandular, with 1-7 flowers.
1) Up to 10 mm narrow, parallel-sided or tapering from the base to the apex or
1) Cymes lax, few- to many-flowered (3-20 flowers).
2) Stalks (pedicels) longer than sepals.
3) Sepals 2-5 mm ovate-lanceolate, usually glandular-pubescent.
4) Petals acute, widest below the middle, more or less ½-1½ times as long as the
5) Anthers reddish.
1) Capsule equalling or slightly exceeding the sepals.
2) Seeds 0·5-1 mm, brown, varying from almost smooth to having small, wart-like
projections (acutely tuberculate).
3) Shedding pollen before the stigma is receptive (protandrous).
1) Leaves somewhat recurved but never directed towards one side (secund).
2) Stems not black below.
3) Petals ovate, acute.
4) Plant woody below, covered with a waxy bloom (glaucous).
5) Sepals (2-)3-5 mm.
6) Leaves ± rigid (strict).
Habitat:- Rocky slopes, mainly on limestone, screes, open woodland. (0-)700-
Distribution:- Aegean Islands, Italy and the Balkan Peninsula. Rare on Crete
known only from the four massifs.
Flowering time:- May-Aug.
Photos by:- Phillipa Dean