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Plants in the Wild: Bhutan 2008

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Started by: Sandra Rice

Some of the exciting plants found in June, starting with orchids.

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Contribution from Sandra Rice 07 August 2008, 12:46top / bottom of page
Orchids on a long walk down.

Cypripedium cordigerum

Orchids  on a long walk down.

Contribution from Sandra Rice 07 August 2008, 12:57top / bottom of page
Cypripedium guttatum,
Cypripedium guttatum,
Cypripedium guttatum,

Close up by Colin Dolding

Cypripedium guttatum,
Oreorchis micrantha
Oreorchis micrantha
Galearis diantha
Galearis diantha
Pleione hookeriana

Just some of the variations found on a long walk up from Dochu La. More to come!

Pleione hookeriana

Contribution from Colin Dolding 16 August 2008, 10:58top / bottom of page
Just some of my favourites

Hypoxis aurea

Just some of my favourites
A Wet Day at Chele La

Meconopsis sp. (still under discussion!)

A Wet Day at Chele La

Lloydia flavonutans

Lilium nanum

Lilium nanum, closer in.

Contribution from Sandra Rice 26 October 2008, 15:48top / bottom of page
More Bhutan June 2008

A few favourites found at altitudes between 2300m and 4000m. Cardiocrinum giganteum.

More Bhutan June 2008

Cardiocrinm giganteum

Cathcartia villosa

Megacodon stylophorus

Arisaema propinquum or is it?

There were some amazing ferns we are still trying to positively identify, any suggestions welcome. Fern 2

Contribution from Sandra Rice 26 October 2008, 16:42top / bottom of page

Primula ?, suggestions are - elongata or stuartii

Close up of ? primula

Contribution from John Richards 27 October 2008, 11:51top / bottom of page

Hi Sandra This is Primula obliqua. Notice the oblique flowers, which is where the name comes from, the top petals bent back and the bottom ones forward. It should be very mealy under the leaf; you can't see from the photo and in any case it seems to have been raining heavily! This area is far too far east for P. stuartii. P. elongata is smaller, has deep yellow flowers and another leaf shape. Please notice that the vast populations of white and pink flowered plants seen on that trip and called by some P. obliqua with hanging bell-shaped flowers were mostly forms of P. alpicola, although I have also seen a few photos of the much smaller and rarer P. chumbiensis with long flower stalks.

Contribution from Sandra Rice 02 November 2008, 22:41top / bottom of page
Primula obliqua

Many thanks John, for once again sorting out our pathetic stabs at identification. I will try to come up with a few more queries!



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