Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 1997Vulnerable(Walter and Gillett 1998)
In situ: The Forestry Department is responsible for the site where Centaurea akamantis grows and has published a plan aimed at protecting the area. Several other strategies to protect the Akamas peninsula have been proposed, including its designation as a Site of Community Interest (SCI) by the Natura 2000 Network and the establishment of a National Park. In 2002 a detailed Actions in Place
EU/World Bank Action Plan was produced for the proposed park. However, it has not been established due to resistance from local communities. This situation demonstrates the difficulty of reconciling the needs of nature conservation and tourist-based economies, especially in the Mediterranean region.
Ex situ: Small numbers of seeds have been collected from the Avakas Gorge and stored in the seed bank at the Department of Botany at the University of Athens. The species has been successfully cultivated at the Cyprus Agricultural Research Institute. However more studies are needed, particularly because it has the potential to be cultivated as an ornamental.
In situ: The National Park project should be approved by the Cyprus Council of Ministers. The species' habitat should be nominated as a Nature Reserve, which according to the Forest Law, will provide complete and permanent protection to this site and reduce grazing pressure.
Ex situ: Wild seeds of a sufficient genetic range need to be collected and stored in the University of Athens seedbank or other seedbanks. The species would also benefit from cultivation in botanical gardens.
The Akamas Centaurea (Centaurea akamantis) is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It is found only in Cyprus. Its natural habitat is Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation. It is threatened by habitat loss.
- Kadis, C. & Christodoulou, S. 2006. Centaurea akamantis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 20 July 2007.
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