Coronilla cretica: Red Data Book of Armenia

EN* B 1ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii)

Category. Endangered species. The extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are less than 10 km2. Taking into consideration the wide range of distribution of the species the category of threat has been downgraded to EN. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 2: Rare species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention.

Description. Annual plants. Stems branched, 10–20 cm. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets 2–4–paired, oblong–cuneate. Inflorescence 1–4– flowered. Corolla pink, 3–5 mm long. Legumes linear, erect, upward directed.

Distribution. In Armenia it grows in Zangezur (in the surroundings of Nerkin Hand village) floristic region. AOO is 4 km2, the number of locations is 1. Besides Armenia the species grows in Transacaucasia, the Crimea, South–East Europe, Anatolia and West Syria.

Ecological, biological and phytocoenological peculiarities. Grows in lower mountain belt, at the altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, in dry stony slopes, in shibliak. Flowering from May to June, fruiting from June to July.

Limiting factors. Restricted extent of occurrence and area of occupancy, small density of the population.

Conservation actions. Grows in "Shikahogh" State Reserve. Necessary: monitoring of the population state.

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