Ege University Faculty of Science, Biology Department, Botany Department Lecturer Prof. Dr. Hasan Yıldırım and Şener Özcan, a doctoral student studying at the Department of Biology at Adıyaman University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, discovered a new plant species called Adıyaman bellflower belonging to the bellflower family in the borders of Besni district.
FOUND IN FIELD STUDY
According to the statement made by Ege University, PhD student Özcan shared the subject with the thought that the bell flower he collected from Sugözü Canyon during his fieldwork might be a new species. Dr. He sent the samples he collected to Yıldırım.
As a result of his morphological studies on the specimens, Yıldırım came to the conclusion that the plant is a new species that has not been discovered in the world until now, and started working with Özcan to identify the species.
The article, prepared as a result of the work carried out by Özcan and Yıldırım, was published in the Finnish scientific journal Annales Botanici Fennici and entered the literature with the name Adıyaman bell.
In the statement, Prof. Dr. Hasan Yıldırım stated that there are around 420 species of bell flowers in the world and 131 of them are found in Turkey.
Yıldırım said, “Our country is one of the important gene centers for bellflowers. With this study, the number of bellflowers increased to 132 and 69 of them are endemics of our country.”
“Let’s not eat this plant”
Stating that the canal expansion works in Sugözü Canyon damaged the growth area of this plant, which was identified as 200 individuals, Yıldırım pointed out that the local people also consume the leaves of this plant with the belief that it is beneficial for health.
“There is no study showing that the leaves of this plant have the content to be used against any disease in terms of health. At the same time, it does not have a very delicious taste. Considering that Adıyaman bellflower is only in Sugözü Canyon in the world, local people and local government have the right to continue the extinction of this species. It is very important that it grows out, does not harm and protects it. Let’s not lose this plant that has just been discovered and named after us, let’s protect this natural heritage together.”