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Aethionema saxatile ssp. saxatile
Aethionema saxatile ssp. saxatile
Burnt Candytuft
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 1219 0002 (2019-12-01)

Copyright © 2019 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  May 30, 2019
  • latitude 46.35764   longitude 13.70273     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta; right bank of river Soča, near farm house Matevž, East Julian Alps (Posočje, Slovenia)
  • family Brassicaceae
  • notes   Slo.: navadna kamnica - syn.: Aethionema almijarense Amo & Campo ex Amo, Thlaspi saxatile L. - Habitat: at the rived bed of a dry torrent; sandy, alluvial deposits among rocks and boulders; calcareous ground; open place, partly sunny; elevation 535 m (1.755 feet); average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 6-8 deg C, alpine phytogeographical region. - Substratum: Sand and fine gravel among rocks. - Comment: Aethionema saxatile ssp. saxatile is not a common plant as its Slovenian vernacular name 'navadna' (common) 'kamnica' (growing on rocks) suggests. It is a quite tiny plant and hence probably also frequently overlooked. The species is primarily a Mediterranean floral element, but it grows also in almost the whole Alps and other European mountains (Ref.: 7). In several regions it is quite rare (Ref.: 2, 8) and protected. IUCN considers it a vulnerable species. In Slovenia it grows sparsely scattered all over the country. But it has been apparently found the most frequently in the Alps, just around Trenta valley. In Croatia one can find it in the mountains Velebit, but most frequently much southern in the mountains of the Adriatic Sea shores and particularly on island Brač (a very stony island with quite high mountains) (Ref.:6). - Tiny flowers of Aethionema saxatile ssp. saxatile are usually reddish, pink or violet. They can be also almost white, but rarely. The plant is in any case a tiny beauty seldom encountered! - Ref.: (1) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 448. (2) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 644. (3) (accessed 30.11.2019) (4) N. Jogan (ed.), Gradivo za Atlas flore Slovenije (Materials for the Atlas of Flora of Slovenia), CKSF (2001), p 22. (5) T. Seliškar, B. Vreš, A. Seliškar, FLOVEGSI data base, The Jovan Hadži Institute of Biology ZRC SAZU, 2003; (accessed 1.12.2019) (6) Flora Croatica Database (FCD), Department of Botany, Faculty of science, FER-ZPR, University of Zagreb (2004); (accessed 30.11.2019) (7) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 1., Haupt (2004), p 578. (8) K. Lauber and G. Wagner, Flora Helvetica, 5. Auflage, Haupt (2012), p 530.
  • camera   Sony ILCE6000 / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar E 16-70 mm/f4
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_1205/2019_DSC07202
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Burnt Candytuft, Stone Cress (photographer)
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