Re: Dracunculus populations in Greece
I will forward your interesting observations to Peter Boyce at Kew Gardens,
he is the expert in this Genus. It could be that two genera/species are
involved here, are the leaves of the two plants exactly the same?
>I have noticed that Dracunculus populations in Greece are composed of 2
The one type is typical for D. vulgaris and mainly occurs in Eastern parts
of Greece(I personally have seen it in Aegean islands, Thrace and Crete).
The other type is distinguishable from the first by having a more lengthy
stem which can reach in height 1,5m and the spathe is purplish black, the
color of dark aubergines to be exact, instead of the dark red that
characterises D. vulgaris.
It has also been found in mountain Parnitha(outside Athens) and Euboia by
me, occuring mainly in relativly wet places whith some shadow(another
difference with D. vulgaris).
Although the differences do not seem so obvius if you see the plant it is
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