the population of Goniolimon tataricum L.

from Sannicoara - Apahida (Cluj county)

This is the first population of the species to be discovered in Transylvania in 1744 by Jean Landoz, along with another xeric steppe very rare species, Nepeta ucranica.

According to our data, the last botanist who identified the population before us was Alexandru Borza (herbarium material in HUC from 1942). In 1990 we succeeded in recovering the location of the population from here with dr. Eszter Ruprecht. On 27 th of August 2008 we came back to the site to map the populational groups from here in detail. It is probably the second largest population of the species from Transylvania, after the one from Rosia de Secas.

The populational groups are actually as in the Rosia de Secas case the remnants of a much larger population which made probably a continuous belt at the upper part of the high fluvial terrace of Somes River. Now it is broken intro four groups, the most isolated being the western one which is also the smallest and the most threatened one (being placed right near a sheep farm). However, in the interval 1999-2008 the small populational group remained steady (10 individuals in 1999, 11 in 2008). The eastern populational groups are more consistent and the individuals are very large. Unfortunately the massive works for building the eastern highway belt of Cluj-Napoca city produced huge excavations in the fluvial terrace right near the eastern flank of the population (clearly this can be seen on Google Earth - see also the images below). Hopefully they are not to touch the location which is to be included soon in a Natura 2000 SCI site.

The Google Earth file with the location data can be downloaded here .


















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