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Majella cornflower

Image of Majella cornflower

Family: Asteraceae

Scientific name: Centaurea tenoreana Willk.

Description: White tomentose cornflower with deeply notched leaves and purplish pink flower. It grows between 500 and 1,800 m a.s.l., on dry and rocky grasslands, where it blooms between July and August.

Distribution: It is an endemic species of the Abruzzi Apennines growing exclusively within Majella National Park.

Note: It is an endangered species, included in the “Lower Risk” category (LR) of the National and Regional Red List of the Italian Plants.
This species is dedicated to Michele Tenore (1780-1861), a Professor of Botany from Naples who wrote “Flora Napoletana”, a work of 5 volumes where he describes with majellense or majellensis epithets the species discovered on the Majella. In 1811, for the first time, he described this species with the name Centaurea incana.

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