Gentiana asclepiadea L. Gentianaceae. Gentian. Perennial herb. Distribution. Southern Europe and Caucasus. Named after Gentius, King of Illyria (the western Balkan Peninsula) in 181–168 BC. Gentius had a powerful navy of 270 warships (lembi) and like most kings of this era he fought constant wars, fighting with the Romans against Macedonia, and then changing sides only to be defeated and brought captive to Rome in 168 BC
- Dr Henry Oakeley
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Flowers of Greece and the Balkans : a field guide / Oleg Polunin ; with 80 pages of ill. in colour from photos. taken by the author and others ; 28 pages of line drawings by Barbara Everard and Ann Davies, 34 pages of line drawings by Pat Halliday ; and maps by John Callow.
- Polunin, Oleg.