Cynara makrisii (48)
| Cynara makrisii Hand & Hadjik.|
I am very proud to present a rare species which, I have the honor to be named after me.
I discovered it in 1997. After many years of investigation it was described as a new species in 2009 by Ralf Hand and Georgios Hadjikyriakou.
Cynara makrisii is a species of wild artichoke endemic to Cyprus (Family Asteraceae). Morphologically it is similar to Cynara cyrenaica , known to occur in Libya and Crete.
There is only one known population of this vary rare plant with les than 300 individuals. The plants grow among Sarcopoterium spinosum in frygana vegetation on clay ground at the both sites of the Xeros River (Roudias valley).
In my WS I have another photo of the flower.
I have also a photo of a plant in its habitat.