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There could be other species possible, but the genus looks right.
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A local expert has now identified it as Carlina acaulis so it was indeed the same genus. Thanks for your comment ophrys, and also to Will Avery / geff.2007 for the initial ID and agreement.
Lat/Lng: 45.81, 14.13