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Plants in the Wild: Austrian Tyrol in the last week of May

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One week spent at Soell

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Contribution from Susan Read 05 June 2011, 19:18top / bottom of page

Spent one week at Soell, walking on the Hohe Salve and the Kaisergebirge. Picture is taken on the Hohe Salve looking towards the Kaisergebirge mountains. The former is largely acid whereas the latter are mainly alkaline. One has uphill transport the other a protected area has tougher walking

On the Hohe Salve the meadows have many damp areas, with marsh orchids,ragged robin,caltha and cotton grass

This 'civilized' mountain is well supplied with restaurants and churches

The above plants are well known, especially if you have a certain book of Alpine Flowers (sadly out of print!) The whole of this mountain is farmed, mostly involve hay cutting.

The Kaisergebirge form a contrast, being limestone, though Geranium ?sylvaticum occurs almost everywhere, in many shades.

Contribution from Susan Read 05 June 2011, 20:23top / bottom of page

In the woods Cephalanthera longifolia was very frequent though going over, but not the C. rubra I have seen other years. Lesser butterfly orchid and fragrant orchid occur, plus globularia, acinos ,thyme, clematis alpina and of course Dryas octopetala

An insect new to me settled long enough for a picture. It seems to be a day flying moth Rhyparia ?purpurata, though lacking the red hind wing. Any comments on its identity?

Ending, for the moment on a rather strong colour, Lilium bulbiferum was growing in a field but it was in sight of habitation...

For anyone interested the last week of May was sunny apart from a couple of thunderstorms, which happen in summer too. The flight and hotel were no more than half full and the price was....in keeping. Last year I went in the second week of June and saw more flowers but that included exceptionally late crocuses around snow patches.

Contribution from Susan Read 07 June 2011, 11:50top / bottom of page

A few more pictures of Soell and surroundings


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