Scabiosa ochroleuca L.

Fam:  Dipsacaceae
Genus:   Scabiosa L.
Species: Scabiosa ochroleuca L.
English Name: Cream scabious


Herbaceous plants with opposite leaves. Baskets with pieces of shell; scaly bracts; outer calyx with 8 longitudinal grooves or 8 dimples, located to the top, and membranous collar, inner cup with 5 bristles. Corolla with 5 shares. Peripheral blossoms larger. The leaves are narrow and not entire. The outer cup with longitudinal ribs, but no dimples at  the upper end (rarely 8. webbed windows). Collar rights; tube without webbed windows. Yellowish blossoms. The lower stem leaves once feather-like cut or lyra-like. Leaves with rare hairs or bare.

S. ochroleuca L. (Biennial to perennials) - In grassy places Wide spread (1 - 2). VI - IX. (E, M). Fig. 1360,
ssp. ochroleuca - Leaves usually with bristles. Setae on the inner; calyx 2 - 3 times longer than the outer collar.
var. Ochroleuca - Basal leaves intact or lira-like. Peripheral blossoms in the basket strongly enlarged. Setae on the inner calyx brown. Widespread.
var. danubialis (Vel.) Stoj. et Stef. (S. o. L. ssp. d. Vel.) - Basal leaves pinnate. Small baskets, with slightly enlarged peripheral blossoms. Setae on the inner calyx brown - f. danubialls (Danube Valley) or blackish f. rhodopaea (Vel.) (S. o. L. ssp. r. Vel.) - Rhodopes, Pirin, Slavianka mountains. This form represents the transition to the next subspecies.
ssp. balcanica (Vel.) Stoj. et Stef. (S. b. Vel., S. o. Var. rilaensis Rech. fil.) - Leaves naked. Setae blackish inner calyx 4 times longer than the collar of the outer calyx. In the high meadows of the Western Balkan Mountain, Vitosha and Rila mountains.

Flowering Time: Blooms VI - IX

References: „Флора на България”, Н. Стоянов, Б. Стефанов, Б. Китанов, част II, Наука и Изкуство, София, (1967)

Distribution in Bulgaria: In grassy places Wide spread. (Conspectus of the Bulgarian Vascular Flora) = conspectus&gs_l= Zlc.

Conservation status and threats: not protected species in Bulgaria by theBiodiversity Law. Законодателство на Република България: Закон за биологичното разнообразие

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Scabiosa ochroleuca 1. Scabiosa ochroleuca 2. Scabiosa ochroleuca 3. Scabiosa ochroleuca 4.

Scabiosa ochroleuca 5. Scabiosa ochroleuca 6. Scabiosa ochroleuca 7. Scabiosa ochroleuca 8.

Scabiosa ochroleuca (ssp balcanica) 9. Scabiosa ochroleuca (ssp balcanica) 10.

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