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Betony (Betonica officinalis) in Stehag – a piece of living plant history.

  • Arne Thell
  • Kevin E. Kandt
  • Michael Lissok
Publishing year: 2016-04
Language: English
Pages: 22-225
Document type: Book chapter
Publisher: Verlag Ludwig

Abstract english

Betony, Betonica officinalis L., is one of
the rarest plants in Scandinavia and has the longest
documented history. It was reported at the parish of
Stehag in Skåne, southernmost Sweden, by the Danish
humanist and publisher Christiern Pedersen as
early as 1534, one of the world’s oldest records where
a species is tied to a specific locality. Literature and
collections testify that Betony was commoner in the
past, when meadows were a significant part of the
landscape. A recent survey shows that only about 150
individual plants remain at five locations in western
Central Skåne, a northwestern outpost of its Eurasian
distribution. Betony is reviewed here through 500
years of documentation in Scandinavian literature
and collections.


  • Botany


  • ISBN: 978-3-86935-281-7
Arne Thell
E-mail: arne [dot] thell [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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