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Leontopodium nivale subsp. nivale (Ten.) Hand.-Mazz.: main traits

Leontopodium nivale subsp. nivale is a very rare entity (subspecies) localized only on four massifs in the Central Apennines (Italy) and on the Prokletije Mountains (Montenegro, in the Balkan Peninsula).

Its particular habitat (almost snow-free windy ridges at high altitudes on limestone) increases the threats due to climate changes, just as in the past its unquestionable beauty and appeal led to a strong reduction in the size of the population due to the despicable behavior of picking and collecting the flowers.

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