Alicante have recently identified two new floral species in the province of Alicante: Hyacinthus orientalis and Sternbergia lutea . The first, better known as Eastern Jacinto, is located spontaneously in areas of Turkey and Israel but, to date, there was no evidence of feral populations in the Valencian Community. Specifically, this species has been found next to the rubble of the Pago de Saragossa farmhouse, in the municipality of Alcoy, of which there is only a few beginning of the wall and some specimens of rose bushes Rosa gallica L. and lily Lilium candidum L., remains of the old landscaping. “We have only counted 8 specimens, where the number of inflorescence flowers is low, between 4 and 6, within the variability of wild populations. However, the cultivated specimens present a compact inflorescence with numerous flowers ”, says
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Lluís Serra , a biologist from the Font Roja Lesotho Email Lists Natura Scientific Station of the University of Alicante. On the other hand, Sternbergia lutea is a plant with a Mediterranean distribution –South Europe, North Africa and even parts of East Asia–, which in Valencia has been known for a long time but always in feral conditions from ornamental plantations. traditional. The populations located in Alicante, Serra explains, are found in Biar, Alfara and Alcoy, in the vicinity of old abandoned buildings, in which there were gardens that have now disappeared, forming part of the wild vegetation that appears on roadsides, cultivated fields. abandoned or transitional urban areas to more stable grasslands. Both are bulbous plants, with green ribbon-shaped leaves and yellow flowers, in the case of Sternbergia lutea, and blue in Hyacinthus orientalis . “These new identifications are of great
scientific interest to know the reproduction of two plants, historically used as ornamentals and in traditional gardening, which has now managed to reproduce in natural or semi-natural environments. Furthermore, their presence in the Alicante territory in the case of Sternbergia and in the entire Valencian Community in the case of Hyacinthus was unknown, ” explains the UA expert. The finding has already been published in Flora Montiberica, a magazine dedicated to the flora and vegetation of the Iberian System and adjacent lands of the Iberian Peninsula , by Lluís Serra, Antoni Belda from the University of Alicante, José Aragoneses and Miquel Vives, from the Conselleria of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development. derived from the strong sexual dimorphism of this species, which determines that the sisters receive less food