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Femeniasia balearica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Femeniasia
Species: F. balearica
Binomial name
Femeniasia balearica
(J.J.Rodr.) Susanna

Centaurea balearica J.J.Rodr.

Femeniasia balearica is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae (Compositae), and the only species in the genus Femeniasia.

Distribution and conservation[edit]

Femeniasia is endemic to the north-western coast of Minorca, Spain.[1] Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation and sandy shores. It is threatened by habitat loss, and is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.[2]


Femenasia balearica was first described by Juan Joaquín Rodríguez y Femenías in 1869 as a species of Centaurea.[3] A new genus, Femeniasia, was erected for the species in 1987, and the genus remains monotypic.[1]

Femeniasia balearica


  1. ^ a b Roser Vilatersana; Alfonso Susanna & Christian Brochmann (2007). "Genetic variation in Femeniasia (Compositae, Cardueae), an endemic and endangered monotypic genus from the Balearic Islands (Spain)". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 153 (1): 97–107. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2007.00592.x. 
  2. ^ M. Mus; J. Rita Larrucea (2006). "Femeniasia balearica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1 (3.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ Alfonso Susanna de la Serna (1987). "Femeniasia, novus genus Carduearum" (PDF abstract). Collectanea Botanica (Barcelona). 17 (l): 83–88.