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Merendera rhodopaea

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Species features
Common name-
Latin nameMerendera rhodopaea Vel.
Conservation status and threatsProtected species, enlisted in Annex 3 of Bulgarian Biodiversity Act. In the locality near Isperihovo Village it has been found out grazing of the plant flowers, probably by hares. In the same place the dry grass are regularly burn down, but it's not clear what is the efect of this on the populatin of M. rhodopaea.
Description and identificationFlowering in most cold and severe months December - February occasionally until March. Bulb plant. High up to 5 cm.
DistributionBulgarian endemic plant. Besides around Isperihovo Village it has been found above Asenovgrad, where is discover for first time.
NotesVery beautiful plant. Amazing its flowering in winter. According to some authors the Merendera rhodopaea is synonym of Merendera attica (Spruner ex Tommasini) Boiss. & Spruner. spred out in Greece.

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