Campanula erinus

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Bellflower

Campanula is one of two genera of bell-flowers in the family Campanulaceae, the other being Campanulastrum. It takes its name from their bell-shaped flowers, and campanula is Latin for "little bell".

There are about 45 different species and several subspecies, including the northern European Campanula rotundifolia, commonly known as harebell in England and bluebell in Scotland where it grows in the wild, and the southern European Campanula medium, commonly known as Canterbury Bells which is a cultivated garden plant in the United Kingdom. As well as several species occurring naturally in the wild in northen Europe, there are many cultivated garden species.

The species Campanula rapunculoides or Campanula rapunculus, commonly known as Rampion, Rampion bellflower, or Rover bellflower is an annual vegetable and a popular garden plant, though sometimes considered too invasive. There are blue, purple and white varieties. The Brothers Grimm's tale Rapunzel gave its name to this plant.


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Plant in Armenia

Զանգակ միամյա (“Zangak miamya”)

Status

Can disappear due to its rareness. Known from only one population.

Habitat in Armenia

Grows in the floristic region of Meghri only.

Habitat and ecology

Grows on lime hills.

Biology and potential value

Has huge scientific interest, since the South Caucasus is the north-eastern border of the natural habitat.

Measures of protection

Control over the populations should be established. Should be included in the Botanical Park of Yerevan.

External links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campanula