MINUARTIA ATTICA subsp. ATTICA

Family:- CARYOPHYLLACEAE

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- Minuartia verna subsp. attica

Meaning:- Minuartia (L) For Jaun Minuart (1693-1768), botanical writer of
Barcelona.
                  Attica (L) From around Athens, Greece.
               
General description:- Perennial plant, with a woody base, laxly tufted
(caespitose), hairless (glabrous).

Stems:-
1) 5-10 cm., downy, glandular, with 1-7 flowers.

Leaves:-
1) Up to 10 mm narrow, parallel-sided or tapering from the base to the apex or
    thread-like.

Flower:-
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 -1 times as long as the 
    sepals.
5) Anthers reddish.

Fruit:-
1) Capsule equalling or slightly exceeding the sepals.
2) Seeds 05-1 mm, brown, varying from almost smooth to having small, wart-like
    projections (acutely tuberculate).
3) Shedding pollen before the stigma is receptive (protandrous).

Key features:-
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-
2400 m.

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
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