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Brief Description: Perennial herb with height up to 25 cm. The leaves are 2-3 pinnately lobed, spiny. The flowers form dense spikelet inflorescences. The corolla (petals) is two-lipped, white, hairy on the external surface and smooth internally. The stamens are four. The fruit is capsule, oblong-conical, with four oblate and smooth seeds. Its flowering lasts from May until June. 
Bibliography: Enayet Hossain A. B. M. 1982. Acanthus L. In: Davis P. H. (ed.) Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 7: 23-27. Γεννάδιος Π. 1959. Λεξικόν Φυτολογικόν. Αθήναι. Μπάουμαν Ε. 1984. Η ελληνική χλωρίδα στο μύθο, στην τέχνη, στη λογοτεχνία. Αθήνα. 
Particular Features: From leaves of the species Acanthus, possibly of A. spinosus, that surrounded a basket in a girl?s grave, Kallimachos got the inspiration for the Corinthian order. In Greece, the species Acanthus mollis L. is often cultivated as ornamental. 
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