Scopolia carniolica occurs in alpine regions of central and south-eastern Europe. Its geographical distribution is not continuous and consists of three isolated areas:
A similar pattern of distribution is observed between S. carniolica and S. japonica which occur in Europe and Japan respectively.
Such geographical disjunction characterises plants that occurred in the wider Eurasian area in the Tertiary period - a warm geological era.
After periods of glaciation in the Quaternary period these plants have survived in isolated refuges that were not covered by ice.
Because of this relict character Scopolia carniolica is a protected species in many countries within its distribution range.
Group of sepals.
Group of petals.
Structures that develop into seeds when fertilised.
Part of the nervous system that regulates muscle contraction.
Species that were formerly widespread but now only occupy small areas.
Underground stem of a plant.