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Fam.: Boraginaceae / Borrage Fam.      

Synon.:  Alkanna hellenica  (BOISS.) RECH.F.

Genus:  Alkanna  TAUSCH
 

Authors:
   L.:  Carl von Linné (Linnaeus, 1707 - 1777), Swedish naturalist who introduced the binary naming system for plants and animals
   BOISS.:  Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 - 1885), Swiss botanist
   RECH.F.:  Karl Heinz Rechinger (filius, 1906 - 1998), Austrian botanist, son of Karl Rechinger
   TAUSCH:  Ignaz Friedrich Tausch (1793 - 1848), Bohemian botanist
 

Etymology:
   Alkanna:   Arabic name of the plant
   orientalis:   Eastern, from the Orient
   hellenica:   from Greece
 

For most authors the Alkanna shown here belongs to Alkanna orientalis, which usually has flat non-undulate leaves. But RECHINGER (fil.) as well as the rather new "Vascular plants of Greece - an annotated checklist" (2013) separate the plants shown here with the striking undulate leaves as Alkanna hellenica for which also a separate distribution is given, the Greek mainland and neighbouring islands, while Alkanna orientalis occurs in the Eastern Aegean islands and the Near East.

 

Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 12.4.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 1:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 12.4.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 12.4.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 2:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 12.4.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 18.2.2012 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 3:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 18.2.2012 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 4:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 5:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 6:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 7:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 30.1.2014 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 14.12.2013 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 8:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 14.12.2013 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 17.11.2013 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 9:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 17.11.2013 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 17.11.2013 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 10:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 17.11.2013 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 26.3.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 11:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 26.3.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet, GR Akrokorinth 18.1.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)
Fig. 12:  Alkanna orientalis / Yellow Alkanet, Oriental Alkanet
GR Akrokorinth 18.1.2011 (Photo: Gisela Nikolopoulou)

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