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Hypericum aciferum (Hypericum aciferum)


Hypericum aciferum is a plant from the genus of hypericum HypericumThe plant species Hypericum aciferum grows on coastal rocks in the area of Sphakia (between Sougia and Agia Roumeli), at the southwestern part of Crete, and nowhere else in the worldIt was first identified in 1965 by the Swiss botanist Werner Greuter as Elodes acifera.It is a perennial, short creeping shrub, with a height of up to 20-30 cm and length up to 130 cm. It flowers from June until October and its flowers are small with yellow petals. Its seeds mature from November until December.It is protected by the Bern Convention and is included in the Annexes II* and IV of the Habitats Directive. It is an endangered species according to the Red Data Book of Rare and Threatened Plants of Greece.To date, it is not yet known whether the plant has pharmaceutical properties as do other related plant species and thus it has not been utilised by man.In the framework of the CRETAPLANT project, the Micro-reserve of the plant has been created in an area of 6.5 hectares in the locality of Fournoti, west of Agia Roumeli village.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum:

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Malpighiales

            • Family: Hypericaceae

              • Genus: Hypericum