Lepidotrichum uechtritzianum ((Bornm.) Vel., 1889)

Synonyms: Ptilotrichum uechtritzianum Bornm., 1888.

Common names: Bulg: Lepidotrihum.

Order (Scientific): CAPPARALES.

Family (Scientific): BRASSICACEAE.

Taxonomic descriptions: The root is 15 - 20 cm long and from 4 mm to 8 mm thick, fusiform, stiff. The stem is upright, from 30 cm to 80 (140) cm tall, gray colored with thick stelliform hairs and a few leaves. The blooms are small without bracts. Equal sepals and white corrola. The filaments have short pricks at the base. The fruit is oviform, swollen; the embryo-sac contains one seed.

Lepidotrichum uechtritzianum arealIUCN Status:
    World level: VU
    Black Sea Regional level: VU
    Subregion level: VU

Distribution:

Habitats type, Critical habitats, Limiting factors: Dry coastal sands and lime-stone rocks. Running sands.

Biology: Perennial herbaceous plant. Blooms in July-September, propagates in August-October. Reproduces through seeds and vegetatively. Viable plant.

Population trends: Decclining.

Threats: Resort construction and active use of the beaches.

Conservation measures taken: Many of its populations are within the borders of protected areas. It is included in the list of protected plants in Bulgaria.

Conservation measures proposed: Strict observance of the status of the protected areas where the plant occurs.

References:

  1. Davidov, B. 1909. Kam florata na Iztochna Balgaria, M sb., XXV, dial III, pp. 1-50.
  2. Asenov, Iv. 1970. Flora na NRB, IV, Rod Lepidotrichum Vel. et Bornm., pp. 516-519.
  3. Lucas, G. 1977. List of rare, threatened and endemic plants in Europe. Strasbourg. 286 p.

Compiled by: M.Filipova.