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Globe Thistle

Echinops graecus


Unusual appearance of a white version of Echinops graecus within a vibrant bright blue community of the same species (see pic.4, 5 & 6). Obviously it cannot synthesize anthocyanin in the flowers and ends up white-gray. What causes this difference? Maybe an enzyme in the biosynthesis of flower colors does not work because of some random genetic reason.


Endemic of (southern) Greece, common in uncultivated fields and field borders.


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Αττική, Greece

Spotted on Jun 18, 2018
Submitted on Sep 6, 2018

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