Artemisia eriantha Ten.
PROTECTED species in Bulgaria.
The species is listed in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria to the IUCN category "Endangered"1.
Caespitose perennial. Rhizome semi-woody. Plant with numerous sterile rosettes. Stems 8–20 cm, ascending to erect, grey to silver grey green, sericeous-tomentose. Lower cauline leaves and those of sterile rosettes 2-, rarely 3-ternate, greyish white to greyish green, lanate. Cauline leaves sessile, entire or pinnatifid. Capitula up to 5 mm in diameter, hemispherical, in a simple, loose raceme; the lower shortly pedunculate, nodding when mature, the upper nearly sessile; bracts pinnatifid to entire. Involucral bracts appressed hairy to lanate; the outer with a narrow, light brown apex, the inner with broad dark brown apex. Florets 25–50; corolla densely hairy, especially above; achenes semicylindrical, hairy. Flowering July - September, fr. IX–XI. Wind pollination. Reproduction by seeds and rhizome shoots2.
Balkan Range (Central – on the calcareos rocks on the northern slopes of Mazalat peak), Pirin Mts (Northern – on calcareous grounds between the Banderitsa river valley and Razlozhki Suhodol locality, and more rarely on silicate rocks – Todorka peak and in the Demyanitsa river valley), Rila Mts (on calcareous rocks in N and NW Rila Mts); from 1880 up to 2800 m alt3.
1 Svetlana Bancheva. 2015. In: Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria. Volume 1 - Plants & Fungi.
2 Svetlana Bancheva. 2015.
3 Svetlana Bancheva. 2015.
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