Thursday, 9 June 2016

Cynara makrisii Hand & Hadjikyriakou - Cyprus

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Cardueae

Endemic to Cyprus

Red Data Book category

Vulnerable (VU), IUCN criteria: D2

The species was firstly found by Mr. Christodoulos Makris. Mr. Makris knew was something new for Cyprus. Scientist thought that is Cynara syriaca. Some years after they conclude that is indeed a new species for science and endemic to Cyprus. So they give the name of the species in honor of its founder.

Cynara is a genus of thistle-like perennial plants in the sunflower family. They are native to the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, northwestern Africa, and the Canary Islands. The genus name comes from the Greek kynara, which means "artichoke''. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Photos  8/06/2016 by Michael Hadjiconstantis

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