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Plants in the Wild: Mayrhofen Zillertal Alps

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Started by: Susan Read

May 2012

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Contribution from Susan Read 27 June 2012, 10:44top / bottom of page
Rambling at the end of May

Mayrhofen is one of those places where it is easy to get a late deal. Going at the end of May had some disadvantages since the season had not really started and transport was very limited. In addition on Whit Monday almost everything was closed except for one expensive lift, the Penken.....on the right in the picture.

Rambling at the end of May

I set out to walk up the Penken only to find that the route was closed and forbidden. Path improvement and tree works were underway or would have been had it not been a holiday week end. The path around the base was easy but dull.

The dull plants included: Vincetoxicum hirundinaria though its name is fascinating, Aquilegia atrata and Phyteuma nigrum.

Looking for a good (ie typical) Aquilegia to photograph I seem to have A. vulgaris

Contribution from Susan Read 27 June 2012, 11:18top / bottom of page

Views from the path (path 12)

Contribution from Susan Read 27 June 2012, 11:33top / bottom of page

The picture above shows part of the major power generation facility that dominates the area. Reservoirs have been constructed in three of the valleys above Mayrhofen. These are said to control the floods which have affected the area. They are not exactly pretty but the valleys above the reservoirs are unspoilt and there is the advantage of good road access. One of these is in the Stilluptal.

Walking further up the valley you are in a conservation area with more of interest

At the top of the valley paths lead to mountain huts

and the flowers look more interesting...probably Orchis ovalis ?ID

Gentiana acaulis was only just beginning to open, at least showing its sepals making identification easy.

Soldanella pusilla, above, and Primula farinosa with giant dandelion leaves...dandelions were having a good year

Above leaves of orchids to come and ferns which were an amazing shade of yellowish green. It had been a year with very heavy snowfall which had made for lush vegetation

Returning towards the reservoir Petasites ?sp


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