Eleocharis carniolica

Eleocharis carniolica is one of the endangered species that our project aims to safeguard. Its generic name comes from the Greek 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘴 (swamp) and 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴 (ornament), while the specific name refers to Carniola, an ancient correspondent more or less to today’s region of Slovenia.

Its distribution range includes central-eastern Europe and the northern part of the Balkan peninsula, extending from northern Italy in the west to western Ukraine in the east. In Italy, it is currently confirmed in Piedmont, Lombardy and Friuli Venezia-Giulia; to these regions, Tuscany has recently been added.

The University of Udine shows it in pre-flowering from the swamp of Racchiuso (UD), reproduced by fragmentation of the rhizome, while from Slovenia our partner University Botanic Gardens of Ljubljana sends us a photo of a specimen collected in its natural habitat.