Anthemis samariensis - a new species from Crete
Anthemis samariensis (Asteraceae). This new species, a kind of chamomile, was discovered in Crete in June 2007. It grows on high-altitude limestone cliffs at the upper rim of the Samaria gorge, the largest of the Cretan gorges, and apparently nowhere else in the world. It is related to a large and complex group of species or subspecies widely distributed from Spain and Algeria to the Caucasus. I took this photo on 11 June 2008.
The plants were first found by Jean Bienvenu, who published several superb photos online yesterday, 14 August 2008. His are the first ever published photos of the new species.
I described the new species in the Berlin-based botanical journal Willdenowia, published online on 11 August 2008. The print version was issued on 14 August 2008.