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Aris Zografidis

Echinops graecus Mill.

Already known to Tournefort, Echinops graecus is a species endemic to Greece. It is easily distinguished from all other species in the genus by its two-pinnatisect leaves which densely cover the stem up to the inflorescence. Being a photophilic and thermophilus species of low altitudes it inhabits dry fields, phrygana, olive groves and vineyards, as well as sandy coastal habitats. E.