Leontopodium nivale (Ten.) Huet ex Hand.-Mazz.: main traits.
In Italy, the 10-15 confirmed populations are scattered on four different Central Apennine massifs, very far from each other, covering a total area of 1-1500 km2. The few thousand surviving plants are the last fragments of a larger Central Apennine population which survived for orographic reasons in areas not affected by glaciation. The recent disappearance of the southernmost population reduces and moves 30 km northward the current distribution of the species, threatened by climate changes particularly at low altitudes.
- PETRICCIONE B., Una nuova specie di Leontopodium nivale (Ten.) Hiet sull’Appennino Centrale. Ann.Bot. (Roma), Studi sul territorio, suppl. 3, 1985.
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