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Plants in the Wild: More Swiss plants

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Started by: Stephen Cotton

Just back from 10 days in Zermatt

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Contribution from Stephen Cotton 30 July 2008, 09:51top / bottom of page
Can you identify this for me?

Had some lovely walking around Zermatt 12-23 July. If I succeed (first attempt at this lark) I'll attach some photos.. lovely camapnula cenisia, but what's the saxifrage? I can't key it out, it's growing at 2500-3000m in the acid rocks around the Unterrothorn

Can you identify this for me?

Contribution from Stephen Cotton 30 July 2008, 10:05top / bottom of page
Campanula cenisia

Here's the campanula. Which I can spell, honest.

Campanula cenisia
Another view of #1

Does this angle help with the first one?

Another view of #1

Contribution from John Richards 31 July 2008, 10:55top / bottom of page
Saxifraga exarata

Hi Stephen. Fabulous pohoto of Campanula cenisia! I think the sax in the first photo is S. exarata. This is very variable and comes in a variety of flower sizes and colours, from yellow to white; also the foliage can be very tight or lax. Its a good trough plant in the garden and seeds around a bit. I am not at all sure that the third photo is also this, or is even a sax? The upper plant in the silene cushion is Artemisia glacialis.

Contribution from Stephen Cotton 01 August 2008, 12:07top / bottom of page
Saxifraga exarata

Thanks John, have looked at the Saxifrage Soc website and it looks like some, but not all, of their photos of S. exarata ssp exarata. I think the two here are the same plant, just one's not very well advanced having fought its way through the silene.

Campanula spicata

I'm not very familiar with this, but there was a lot of it on the hillside between Zermatt and Zmutt between 1600 and 2000m

Campanula spicata

Contribution from Stephen Cotton 01 August 2008, 12:31top / bottom of page
Androsace alpina

And I know this is very common but every year I have to photograph it again.

Androsace alpina


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