Syn.: Echium russicum J. F. Gmelin, Echium rubrum Jacq., Pontechium maculatum (L.) U.-R. Böhle et Hilger
Family: Boraginaceae Juss.
Echium maculatum
Distribution: Central and southeastern Europe, eastward to Ukraine, European Russia, Azerbaijan and northern Turkey, southward to Albania and Bulgaria, northward to southern Moravia and southeastern Poland.
Ecology: It grows in steppes, on dry slopes and meadows. Blooms from June to August.
Echium maculatum
Description: Biennial herb, 30–100 cm tall, with 1 to several flowering stems. Stem erect, unbranched, 30–100 cm tall, hispid. Leaves lanceolate to narrowly elliptical, 55–100 × 4–10 mm, attenuate at the base, with soft, appressed setae. Inflorescence spike-like; calyx lobed almost to the base, 5–6 mm; corolla 9–12 mm, more or less infundibuliform, dark red, very rarely white, with 4–5 long-exserted stamens. The fruits are nutlets.
Threat and protection: Echium maculatum is protected by law in Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania.
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These images were taken in Czechia, Moravia, Brno, Hády (from May 29 to July 14, 2003) and Moravia, Kurdějov (June 6, 2004).