First report of Acroptilon repens in Romania
Acroptilon repens (Asteraceae, EPPO List of Invasive Alien Plants) was found for the first time in Romania. A small population of the species was identified in the surroundings of Iaşi city, in the eastern part of the Socola railway station, in a disturbed habitat along the railroad leading to the Republic of Moldova. Plants were observed in 2012 and in 2013.
Between 2012 and 2013, the plant had not spread, and seedlings could not be found. Seeds collected were unable to germinate. However, although the aerial stems were destroyed during spring 2012 by the workers of the railroad, the plants regenerated via root suckers.
Sîrbu C, Oprea A (2013) A new contribution on the vascular flora of Romania. Acta Horti Botanici Bucurestiensis 40, 19-26.