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Apennine edelweiss

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Family: Compositae

Scientific name: Leontopodium nivale  (Ten.) Huet ex Hand.-Mazz. [Leontopodium alpinum Cass. subsp. nivale (Ten.) Tutin]

Description: It is a white-tomentose herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 5 cm. Its flowers are straw-yellow and form a pillow with a central flower head surrounded by 5 smaller flower heads. It blooms between June and July in the stony grasslands at the high altitudes. 

Regional distribution: It is a species with an amphi-Adriatic distribution (central Apennines – Montenegro).

Note: It is an endangered species, included in the “Lower Risk” category (LR) of the National and Regional Red List of the Italian Plants and according to the Abruzzo Regional law 11.9.1979 n. 45 it is a protected species.

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