Polycnemum heuffelii (Lang, 1828)
Common names: Bulg: Hoyfelova hrupenka.
Order (Scientific): CARYOPHYLLALES.
Family (Scientific): CHENOPODIACEAE.
Taxonomic descriptions: A plant 5 cm to 30 cm tall. Upright stem, pyramid-like branching with rare curly hairs. Filiform almost tubular leaves, the middle and lower ones from 6 to 10 times longer than the sepals, pointed at the tip, usually arch-shaped and horizontally patented. White, skinny, oviform bracts with elongated pointed tips up to 2 times longer than the petals. The latter are from 1 cm to 1.5 cm long, oval, pointed on the back without knots. The seeds are lenticular, from dark brown to black, fine warty.
Black Sea Regional level:
Subregion level: EN
Habitats type, Critical habitats, Limiting factors: Dry rocky and sandy places. Humidity.
Biology: Annual herbaceous plant. Blooms in June-September. Propagates in August-October. Reproduces through seeds.
Population trends: Declining.
Threats: Anthropological activities.
Conservation measures taken: Some of the sites are included in the Ropotamo reserve.
Conservation measures proposed: To be included in the list of protected plants in Bulgaria.
Compiled by: M.Filipova.