A new cornflower species discovered on Yama Mountain in Malatya

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It has been reported that the cornflower (blue cantoron) species found on Yama Mountain in Hekimhan district of Malatya is a new endemic species.

Of Malatya Hekimhan Located on Yama Mountain in the district Prophet flower (blue centaury) was reported to be a new endemic species.

According to the statement made by Ege University (EU), EÜ Science Faculty Biology Department Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Within the scope of the TÜBİTAK project, in which Hasan Yıldırım participated, the cornflower found during the work carried out on Yama Mountain in 2015 was examined.

Prof. Dr. Kuddisi Ertuğrul, Prof. Dr. Tuna Uysal and Assoc. Dr. It was concluded that the plant, which was also evaluated by Emrah Şirin, is a new species.

Scientific name of the species “Centaurea Hekimhanensis Şirin & Yıldırım” was announced as “Hekimhan Gökbaşı” in Turkish.

After detailed field and laboratory studies, the discovery was published in the scientific journal “Botanica Serbica” and introduced to the world of science.

Assoc. Dr. Hasan Yıldırım stated that there are a total of 206 prophet flowers in Turkey, 123 of which are endemic.

Yıldırım noted the following:

“With the discovery of Hekimhan Gökbaşı, the endemic number increased to 124 and the total number of species to 207. This beautiful plant got its name 1 week ago and said ‘hello’ to the scientific community. 2 years ago, we introduced the Hekimhan onion (Allium yamadagensis Yıldırım & Ekşi) to the scientific world in the same area. Yama Mountain in Hekimhan is a very important point in terms of biodiversity. This is why generations of such locally endemic species are endangered. “

Expressing his satisfaction for introducing a new type of cornflower to the world of science with the cooperation of academicians from different universities, Ege University Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Budak, who brought many endemic species to the literature, Assoc. Dr. Hasan Yıldırım and other academicians who took part in the study.

Source: Anadolu Agency / Mustafa Güngör

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