Mediterranean Plant Conservation Unit of MAICh
Family Compositae (Asteraceae), synonym Crepis raulinii Boiss. Perennial with a stem usually erect up to 20(-40) cm in height, divaricately branched above. Basal leaves forming a rosette dentate or slightly lobed leaves, hairy or glabrous. Cauline leaves few, usually bract-like. Involucre cylindrical-campanulate. Outer bracts as long as inner. Receptable densely ciliate, with shiny hairs. Corolla up to 17 mm long, yellow to deep-yellow. Achenes 5-6,5 mm long.
Horstrissea dolinicola is a perennial herb; most of the plant grows underground. Its cylindrical root can be as long as 10 cm, whereas its leaves and inflorescences barely exceed 2-3 cm in height. This species was first described in 1990 and it is the only one belonging to the genus Horstrissea. It occurs only on Mt. Ida (Psiloritis mountain range) in central Crete at about 1500 m altitude, where it grows in a few limestone sinks (dolines). Its total population counts just a few dozen individuals in an area of about 3,000 m2.
Androcymbium rechingeri grows in small coastal areas of Western Crete (islet Imeri Gramvousa, Falassarna and Elafonissi). It is a small bulbous plant, up to 7 cm high and rarely surpasses 10 cm, with leaves up to 15 cm long. It flowers from December to February. Each plant has more than 4 white flowers and usually has pinkish veins. The seeds mature inside the capsules and the overground plant parts dry up at the end of May or beginning of June.