Delphinium balcanicum Pawl., 1963
Common names: Δελφίνιο το Βαλκανικό [Gr]
Balkan Endemic species
Dion, PIERIA ● Greece
Description: Annual plant, growing to 80 cm height.
The stem is appressed, pubescent, branched. The basal leaves are shortly petiolate, 2–3-palmatisect; the lobes linear-lanceolate. The bracts are lanceolate.
The inflorescence is a lax, branched raceme; each branch with 3–50 flowers. The flowers are blue violet. The sepals are 7–12 mm long, shortly pubescent. The lateral perianth segments from the outer circle are broadly cordate, with long patent hairs, abruptly narrowed into a long claw. The follicles are 7–10 mm long, with long patent hairs.
Biology: Flowering from July to October.
Habitat: Dry grasslands in the lowlands and the belt of xerothermic oak forests, in Mediterranean scrub communities of Juniperus excelsa, J. oxycedrus, Paliurus spina-christi, etc. Populations are mosaic and fragmented.
Distribution: Balkan Peninsula; Bulgaria, Southern ex-Yugoslavia, Northern Greece, European Turkey.
Red Data Book of Bulgaria