Endangered species

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John J

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Endangered species
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:28:08 AM »
Yesterday our friend Michaelis called in with a couple of things for us to try.
One was a small plant of Brassica hilarionis a Cyprus endemic from the area around Agios Hilarion in the north of the island. It is considered to be endangered and is protected by the Bern Convention.
The other was seeds of Verbascum blattaria which is native to parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. It has become naturalised in the USA and Canada to the extent that it is considered to be a noxious weed in some States. However, in Cyprus it is known from only 2 locations and is regarded as Endangered in the Red Data Book of the Flora of Cyprus.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)