Lomelosia cretica

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Lomelosia cretica


Taxonavigation: Dipsacales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids II
Ordo: Dipsacales

Familia: Caprifoliaceae
Subfamilia: Scabiosoideae
Tribus: Lomelosieae
Genus: Lomelosia
Sectio: L. sect. Lomelosia
Species: Lomelosia cretica


Lomelosia cretica (L.) Greuter & Burdet, Willdenowia 15(1): 74. 1985.


  • Basionym
    • Scabiosa cretica L., Sp. Pl. 1: 100. 1753.
  • Homotypic
    • Asterocephalus creticus (L.) Spreng., Syst. Veg., ed. 16, 1: 380. 1824.
    • Scabiosa cretica subsp. occidentalis P.H.Davis, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 21: 126. 1953, nom. nov., nom. superfl..
    • Trochocephalus creticus (L.) Á.Löve & D.Löve, Preslia 46(2): 133. 1974.
    • Zygostemma creticum (L.) Tiegh., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. sér. 9, 10: 164. 1909.
  • Heterotypic
    • Scabiosa cretica f. balearica Sennen & Pau, Brotéria, Ci. Nat. 3: 59. 1934.
    • Scabiosa frutescens Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8, n. 12. 1768.
    • Scabiosa pallida Salisb., Prodr. Stirp. Chap. Allerton: 55. 1796.



Scabiosa africanaSm. in Sibth. & Sm., Fl. Graec. Prodr. 1: 83. 1806” (listed in IPNI, given as synonym of Lomelosia cretica by Catalogue of Life and Plants of the World) is based on misidentified material of Lomelosia crenata from the Greek island Zakinthos, and of no taxonomic relevance, as Smith cited Linnaeus' Species Plantarum ed. 2 and apparently had no intention to describe a new species. Sprengel indicated Linnaeus as the basionym author of Asterocephalus africanus.


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Europe
    • Regional: Southwestern Europe
      • Baleares.
    • Regional: Southeastern Europe
      • Italy, Sicilia (Sicily).

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



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