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Plants in the Wild: AGS Bhutan 2009: Meconopsis

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Started by: Margaret Thorne

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Contribution from Susan Read 27 March 2010, 20:24top / bottom of page

Quite stunning..what a treat!

Did you find some M horridula had spines on the petals (as on one of my Everest pictures)?

Contribution from Margaret Thorne 28 March 2010, 12:07top / bottom of page

That must have been an exciting discovery. Can you post a close-up on your Everest thread? I've checked all my pictures and cannot find any like that on M. horridula - only on M. torquata!

Here's a typical plant with pale blue flowers. The anthers go dark when they get older which is why yours taken in August are not yellow.

Contribution from Margaret Young 28 March 2010, 15:32top / bottom of page
useful links.....

Readers of this thread may be interested in these two websites, relating to Meconopsis:

http://www.meconopsisworld.co.uk/index.html

http://www.meconopsis.org/

Contribution from Susan Read 28 March 2010, 17:44top / bottom of page

Margaret, to be quite honest I realised there were spines after I took the picture. I hoped the spines would show on the picture I posted, but here is a closeup. It was near Gorak Shep 5100+m.

The whole plant...Aug 15th and too early for seed heads.

Another closeup of a different plant, altitude similar but nearer Lobuche.

The first plant seen that day at about 1800m...possibly a spine or two but not obvious from picture

not 1800m 4800m!

Sorry hope you do not mind it being on this thread.

Contribution from Margaret Thorne 28 March 2010, 18:39top / bottom of page

Many thanks, Susan, a great picture and very interesting observation.

Contribution from Alan Oatway 07 April 2010, 21:35top / bottom of page
M. lyrata - Chumbi form

A few close-ups of the flowers.

M. lyrata - Chumbi form

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