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Shared by : Bharat Adhikari (Nepal)
Habitat : Greece
Status : Critically Endangered according to IUCN red list published in the year 2006
Minuartia dirphya is a rare species of plant in family Caryophyllaceae. It is restricted to the higher peaks of this single mountain on an island with many endemic plant species. Its natural habitat is Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation. It is threatened by habitat loss. Minuartia dirphya grows on the northern slopes of the 1,745 m high Mt. Dirphys in the center of the Greek island of Euboea (Evia). This species has a narrow geographical range, growing between 900 and 1,000 m altitude.
This perennial herb grows on serpentine substrates, preferring a thin, infertile soil layer with a high content of rock and gravel and open vegetation coverage (20-40%). M. dirphyawas first described in 2000, growing together with Juniperus oxycedrus subsp. oxycedrusand Genista acanthoclada. It is terrestrial in nature.
The small number of mature individuals, its limited habitat, and the threats from grazing all indicate that the population will decline. The species is severely threatened by grazing from goats and sheep, and from fires made by shepherds.

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