Establishment of a Plant Micro-reserve Netwrok in Cyprus for the Conservation of Priority Species and Habitats


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Astragalus macrocarpus subsp. lefkarensis


Astragalus macrocarpus
DC. subsp. lefkarensis Kirchoff & Meikle

Conservation status: Vu (D2)
Protection status: 92/43/EEC Directive (Annex II - priority species), Bern Conversion (Appendix I - strictly protected)

Description:
Erect perennial herb, up to 100 cm high. Endemic to Cyprus, occurring in garigue or maquis at altitude 75-700 m. Six known locations (2900 plants): Pano Lefkara, Asgata, Kelokedara, Alaminos, Ineia and Kormakitis. All subpopulation are on private land and only that of Lefkara and a part of the subpopulation at Asgata are found in Natura 2000 sites.

Flowering period: February - May
Fruiting period: May - June
Seeding period: June - July

Threats:
1. Genetic erosion - Reduction of genetic variability (the ability for sexual reproduction is very low).
2. Limited public awareness.

The project will target the largest and most important subpopulation of this taxon ( PERIOCHI ASGATAS site), which comprises approximately 2000 individuals; that is the 70 % of the entire population of the species.

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