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5 July 2007

Campanula aucheri (Campanulaceae)

A great diversity of Campanula can be found in the Caucasus’s. In the Flora of Georgia there are 65 species recognized. Campanula aucheri belongs to a group of decorative Campanula which are difficult, even for the specialist, to tell apart. The “white eye” at the base of the petals is distinctive in this specie.

Corydalis cashmeriana (Fumariaceae)

The striking sky-blue of this Corydalis cashmeriana can be seen from the beginning of July until the middle of August in the Alpine Garden. The plant overwinters as a tuber. It comes from the western Himalaya growing at altitudes between 3,000 and 4,500 m.

Haplocarpha rueppellii (Asteraceae)

This pioneer plant grows on Mount Kenya and on Kilimanjaro at altitudes above 3,000 m. The rosettes of leaves, which spread by stolons, form ground-hugging mats. The genus is comprised of 10 species and is found only in Africa.

Blue Poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia (Papaveraceae)

The stunning flowers of the Blue Poppy are the highlight of any botanical trip to the Himalayas during the monsoon. In Europe the first Meconopsis was flowered in ca. 1850 in England.

Mertensia primuloides (Boraginaceae)

New Zealand Forget-me-not, Myosotis colensoi (Boraginaceae)

Primula involucrata (Primulaceae)

Primula involucrata comes from the Himalayas where it grows on moist mossy mats between 4,000 and 5,000 m.

Rhododendron rupicola var. chryseum (Ericaceae)

Rhododendron rupicola var. chryseum, with its compact, dwarf growth habit, hails from the mountains of Yunnan.

Text: Andreas Gröger
Photos: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein

30 May 2007

A visit early in the season is well worthwhile, as the following photos show.

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Anemone obtusiloba (Ranunculaceae)

The flowers of Anemone obtusiloba can be white, blue, purple-red or, very rarely, yellow. It is found in the Himalayas from Pakistan to south eastern Tibet and Burma between altitudes of 2,100 m and 4,300 m.

Androsace wulfeniana (Primulaceae) grows in the eastern Alps at about 2,000 m and is named after the Jesuit priest Franz Xaver Freiherr von Wulfen (1728 – 1805), a renowned explorer of nature and the Alps.

Androsace brevis (Primulaceae), endangered in the wild, grows from an altitude of 2,000 m upwards on the mountains around Comer Lake.

Androsace nivalis (Primulaceae) comes from North America; its range extending from British Columbia into north easterly Washington.

Androsace vitaliana (Primulaceae), named after the Italian botanist Vitaliano Donati (1717 – 1762), occurs in the south western Alps and in the Pyrenees.

Primula reptans (Primulaceae), the species name referring to its creeping growth habit, comes from the Himalayas. It occurs from Pakistan to central Nepal where it grows only at high altitudes between 3,600 and 5,500 m.

Primula latifolia (Primulaceae) is restricted to areas in the Alps and Pyrenees with acidic soils at altitudes between 1,900 and 2700 m.

Gentiana verna (Gentianaceae), of which there are numerous subspecies, is restricted to limestone areas. The subspecies indigenous to Bavaria, subsp. verna, is also found in the Pyrenees, France, north England, Ireland, arctic Russia, the Caucuses and Marocco.

Text: Ehrentraud Bayer
Photos: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein

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