Thymelaea passerina (L.) Cosson & Germ.
NOT protected species in Bulgaria.
Herbaceous annual plant to 55-60 cm tall and characteristically, wiry and erect. It grows as one main stem or, more commonly, branches from the upper portion of the main stem. Leaves are alternate and sessile, leathery, and jointed at a yellow cartilaginous base; blades are small, narrow and linear, 8-14 mm long. The flowers are perfect, greenish, tubular and axillary, 2-3 mm long, with 4 sepals, no petals, and 8 stamens (in 2 whorls of 4). Below each flower, two very small bracts. Flowering June-September.
The species is distributed almost throughout the country. Between 0 and 1000 m a.s.l. (Delipavlov et al., 2003).
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