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Daucus lopadusanus   (Lampedusa Carrot)

Daucus lopadusanus   (APIACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
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Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Daucus lopadusanus Tineo
Published in Pl. Rar. Sicil. [Ed. 2]. 3: 38 (–39) (1846).

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Daucus carota var. lopadusanus (Tineo) Onno
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Apiaceae Lindl. (=Umbelliferea) (The Carrot Family)
34 species from the Apiaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Lampedusa Carrot

Maltese name(s) :

Zunnarija ta' Lampedusa

Status for Malta :

Subendemic. Found in Malta and neighbouring territories such as in south Sicily, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, etc.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: HEMICRYPTOPHYTE (prostate plants with flowers close to the ground)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Protected by law: schedule III of legal notice LN311/2006. (Conservation requires the designation of SAC)

Red List (1989) :

This species has a threatened status and is listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Remarks :

The taxonomy of this species is debatable but recent studies are placing it in Daucus carota subsp. drepanensis. Some authors persist that it deserves its own species rank, considering the differences to be very distinct. D. lopadusanus is distinct from other species in the daucis carota complex by being a smaller plant with a prostrate to slightly ascending habit, seldom more than 20cm above ground. It has smaller leaves and umbels which become slightly funnel-shaped when in fruit. Further investigations should be carried out on this species in relation with the other infraspecific taxa (related species) of D. carota.

Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Rocky areas near the coast

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Coastal areas and shores occurring inland up to 500–600m away from the shore, usually found in arid exposed rocky ground in garigue, phrygana and steppe.

Botanical Description:

Similar to Daucus carota s. l. but smaller and prostrate plant only up to 20-25cm above ground only occurring in arid rocky habitats close to the sea. The leaves are much smaller and the umbels are seldom more than 6cm across.

Distributional range:

Islands of the C. Mediterranean region

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

? Al Bl Co Cr Ct Ga(F) Gr Hs It Ma Sa Si(S) Tn Tu(E)

Images (10 images)
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-0.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-1.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-2.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-3.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-4.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-5.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-6.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-7.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-8.
   Daucus lopadusanus   -   Image Code: DAULP-9.

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