A truly glacial relic species which is not
an inhabitant of the boreal bogs in the mountains but of the cold
The species of Krascheninnikovia
are typical inhabitants of the cold subdesert steppes of Central
Asia and North America like Krascheninnikovia ceratoides in
Central Asia (it is a common species in the subdesert continental
cold steppes of Mongolia) and Krascheninnikovia lanata in
North America. In Europe it is a remnant of a cold dry climate
vegetation which almost certainly was a common component of the
landscape in the time of the Last Glacial Maximum (18.000 years ago).
Though it a very rare and relic presence in
Europe (like in the subdesert steppes of Central Asia) it is amost
always associated with the graminean species Agropyron cristatum
creating glacial steppe relic ecosystems and habitats) it is
not enlisted among the priorirary species.
In Central Europe it can be found only
in Austria (2 localities) and Romania (3 localities - all only in
Transylvania)). Seemingly it is extinct from Hungary.
population from Vultureni - Dealul Mare
population from Groapa Radaii - Coasta lui Orban
population from Frata - Onisie