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Plants in the Wild: Oetztal Alps August 2011

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Contribution from Susan Read 02 May 2012, 15:09top / bottom of page

The recent dismal weather reminded me of one week spent last year in the Oetztal Alps. It was the second week of August, and being restricted to August it seemed better to go high... 2000m plus. There was no fresh snow but otherwise it seemed that winter had come early. On the first day 7th August visibility was down to about 10 yards but at the end of the day the clouds lifted revealing a scene like a wet day in the English Lakes.

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The last 2 pictures were meant to be side by side....system failure! The second day was much the same and a long walk revealed only acres of Cirsium of the most spiny type. On the 3rd day a walk up the Hohe Mut finally revealed mountains.

Survivors of the rain included Euphrasia christii, Saxifraga aizoides, a surprisingly large flowered white Euphrasia ?sp

Saxifraga paniculata, an Anthyllus ?vulner....oides (any comments on name?)and Capanula barbata. Plenty of bedraggled blue but this white one looked better.

At least one white Campanula barbata seems a feature of any trip.

Probably Primula hisuta, which was fairly common, seemed past its best

Contribution from Susan Read 02 May 2012, 16:10top / bottom of page

On the 4th day there was sunshine. Walking towards the Ramolhaus on a long path the ground was unexpectedly dry and plants rather few. The route is an ancient one leading to Vent in the next valley. It starts with cobbles and then levels out in a rather tedious way.

The first splash of colour was Sempervivum arachnoideum

Last pic does have the spider web hairs.

Geum montanum, judging from the leaflets, and a Senecio (pinnate leaved ragwort) cf arbrotanifolius.

The walks in this part of the Alps are long and tiring often without huts for refreshment hence this water feature

On the other side of the valley there is a hut the Landtalereck, not so long ago on the side of a glacier.

Day 5, hot and sunny and a walk up the Konigstal to Italy. These are long walks and my July trip with AGS to the Indian Himalayas was good training. At the start there there were plenty of campanulas, barbata and harebells now recovered from the rain.

and Ceps that no one seemed to pick. Any ID?


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