Monday, December 10, 2012

Minuartia verna ssp. idaea (Minuartia attica)

Minuartia verna ssp. idaea (Minuartia attica).

  Minuartia verna ssp. idaea, formally known as Minuartia attica, is a Greek endemic species (23 Minuartia species are found here) with a wide range of habitats, also found in the summit area of Olympus. It is a fairly small plant with white flowers, and somewhat woody stems with small linear leaves.

  Η Minuartia verna ssp. idaea, επίσημα γνωστή ως Minuartia attica, είναι ένα είδος ενδημικό της Ελλάδας (23 είδη στο σύνολο απαντώνται εδώ) με ένα ευρύ φάσμα ενδιαιτημάτων, η οποία κατοικεί και στις κορυφές του Ολύμπου. Πρόκειται για ένα πολύ μικρό φυτό με λευκά άνθη, κάπως ξυλλώδεις βλαστούς και μικρά γραμμικά φυλλαράκια.


  1. Dear Robin & Erastso,
    I love your page! Do you live in Thessaloniki? I have friends from Greece.
    Just wondering, what more do you know about Minuartia verna? I am trying to research it, but nobody has written a Wikipedia article yet, in English.

    In Derbyshire, there is a species called 'Leadwort' or 'Sandwort', the Latin name is Minuartia verna.

    Is it the same as your subspecies?

    Here is a photo if it helps:

    1. Hi Natalie. I'm glad you like Robin's Yard.
      Yes, for the time being I do live in Thessaloniki.

      When I did this post, it was in a group of alpine plants found on Mount Olympus. I didn't research the whole genus, which is what I usually do.
      So I never understood the real difference of these specimen from other plants that I have photographed in a couple of other places. In the end, I too had the impression that Minuartia verna and Minuartia attica ( M. verna subsp. idaea)were almost identical. But I have to look deeper into this some time in the near future (the records require 22 more species in this genus from which to distinguish!)
      But officially the two species are different - distinct.

      Euro+Med Plantbase ( be a bit helpful, giving you synonyms to research, and the plant's distribution, but detailed description can be found in the five volume edition of Flora Europea, which I still haven;t got.
      Of course you may already know these things.

      Thanks for being spontaneous.
      And good luck with your research.